Wellness is an action plan intended to improve the general state of health – physical, mental, and social. It is a broad notion that implies the maintenance of body and brain harmony. What are the peculiarities of this trend and why is it useful for business?
What is wellness?
The notion of wellness involves wellbeing and welfare. It is a whole system, lifestyle, which helps to improve health, avoid risks of diabetes, heart attack, problems with supporting-motor apparatus, and bring harmony to soul and body. Wellness programs are intended to optimize three aspects:
People can use different methods to improve life quality – physical activity, healthy diet, Yoga, meditations, refusal from pernicious habits. The most important thing here is to implement programs holistically.
The popularity of wellness is growing in the world. In such a way, a modern man satisfies the need to optimize physical and mental state, prevents depression and stress. Health maintenance is on-trend, and the demand is big for ways to prolong juvenescence, boost vigor and performance capacity.
What problems wellness solves at work
Modern life is fast and energy-consuming. Especially, this concerns people that try to be as productive as possible. Pushing to the limits, strenuous projects, stresses – all of it leads to burnout, a decrease in productivity, and the development of harmful habits.
Well-being problems influence life quality, vigorousness. Companies lose money and reduce the output if employees often take sick days or have to suffer from daily fatigue. It is very important to pay attention to such things, as human resources are some of the most valuable for a successful business. A healthy employee works efficiently, fast, productively, and adds value to the enterprise.
Mental health disorders also affect productivity: people suffer from stress, burn out, and stop being involved in the process. Workplace wellness programs help to solve such issues. It is an action plan that raises the welfare level and improves the health of employees at the workplace.
This activity area facilitates:
the normalization of mental and physical health;
refusal from harmful habits;
the popularization of healthy diets.
Foreign and world-class companies have been implementing WW programs that improve the health of personnel, normalize their mental state, and increase productivity for a long time.
Why health maintenance of staff is on trend
According to the research conducted by Marsh, the interest in workplace wellness programs for companies and their employees has been growing in recent years. Leading HR specialists of big companies adhere to the principle of taking care of the wellness of their colleagues. Middle and small businesses are adopting their experience.
The human contribution to production is a valuable resource, which is difficult to accumulate and preserve, as it is non-material. Nevertheless, it is possible to assess – a non-productive employee costs a lot, while termination of employment and recruiting new staff for the replacement of dismissed specialists lead to even bigger expenses. Energetic and initiative employees with normal physical and mental health bring businesses the maximum results.
Burned-out, tired, and dissatisfied with the team’s atmosphere people halt the work process or silently retire, leading to significant downtime in business. Such situations negatively influence companies that strongly compete with each other, as the loss of valuable personnel can lead to the downfall or significant reduction in productivity.
According to the survey conducted by the Institute of public opinion in 2019, 35% of employed Russians believe that they will retire if the stress level gets high at work. As a result, companies may suffer substantial losses.
Main components of workplace wellness
Workplace wellness (WW) are comprehensive programs intended to improve the health of personnel, take care of their psychological comfort, well-being.
The plan of actions aimed to improve the health of employees can consist of physical development programs, workouts, team adaptation training, Yoga and meditations that facilitate the growth of the resistance to stress. Besides, wellness notion involves providing assistance in the struggle with harmful habits such as smoking, overeating.
Workplace wellness programs are implemented in several stages.
Contacting specialists that help to develop corporate programs of medical screening, health insurance.
Building an information strategy that helps to engage employees in the process: test lectures at workplaces, workshops, promotion of healthy lifestyle, principles of healthy eating.
Organization of themed events for the personnel: corporate competitions, going out into nature and participation in active games, checkup tours, participation in themed conferences about the benefits of wellness programs.
The integration of WW programs requires certain investments and a systematic approach, which should be developed by experienced human resources specialists.
What companies do to integrate workplace wellness?
The list of specific measures chosen by the company to improve the health of employees can be quite long. HR specialists and everyone responsible for the teamwork take decisions regarding the measures that fit the team.
Companies that implement the principles of workplace wellness:
help employees to give up smoking, compensate for the therapeutic measures related to the refusal from the harmful habit;
organize training sessions and lectures, providing information on how to improve mental health, increase resilience;
create special areas at enterprises, where people can relax: zones for leisure time, meditation, physical activity;
build information strategies of workplace wellness, set up corporate themed groups on social media, send newsletters to employees;
support main activists of the movement, publish and popularize their success stories;
organize active corporate parties, going out into nature, fitness days, sports competition;
invite medical specialists to give lectures, inform the personnel about the principles of a healthy lifestyle, the negative influence of harmful habits on health.
Depending on the peculiarities of the team and problems that have to be solved, the list of measures can be extended, supplemented, or changed.
Challenges faced in the process of implementing WW programs
It is necessary to follow the principles of workplace wellness and implement them in corporate life consistently and elaborately. Otherwise, these initiatives will not bring the desired results. Before launching WW programs, make sure to study the team, their peculiarities and needs, develop a standalone corporate strategy.
Where can problems arise?
WW initiatives promoted as an entertainment activity – occasionally or even one-time.
Companies do not always take into account the needs of employees when they launch certain WW programs.
Nobody assesses and tracks the efficiency of a number of taken measures.
To avoid these difficulties, WW programs have to harmoniously unite awareness-building, increase in physical activity, as well as stabilization and optimization of workplace climate. A comprehensive approach based on personal traits of employees helps to achieve results in the short and long term.
The global workplace wellness market is growing fast, but only 9% of the global workforce has access to it. They are people who live in economically developed countries and work at big international corporations. Nevertheless, employee health management is gaining momentum in Russia: according to the survey conducted by Marsh and Mercer, 87% of companies have implemented at least one WW program in the last three years. Such initiatives can serve as a tool that adds value and brings a profit to the business.