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A holistic approach to well-being

Monday July 20, 2015 Written by  Retain Canada
Many employers are taking a more holistic approach with their workplace well-being programs.

According to a new survey from Virgin Pulse in partnership with Workforce magazine, 78 per cent of employers are expanding beyond physical wellness to include broader well-being areas like financial wellness, mental health and more. This is up six per cent from last year.

The Business of Healthy Employees survey polled more than 15,000 employees and more than 1,100 HR leaders to discover how employees are engaging with well-being programs and the impact these programs have on workplace culture.

This year’s survey found that workplace well-being programs have a significant impact on company culture: more than 80 per cent of employees report feeling positive about work culture because of well-being programs.

“There’s a much needed shift taking place in the industry,” said Chris Boyce, CEO of Virgin Pulse. “Gone are the days of focusing on physical health alone. Today, workplace wellness programs are broadening their scope and focusing on the whole person, which helps to replenish what modern life depletes. By taking care of employees’ overall well-being, employers are creating great places to work filled with healthier, more productive employees. As a result, people have more physical energy, mental focus, and emotional drive to do what matters most and they love coming to work because they feel like their employers really care about them.”

Other key findings from this year’s survey include:

  • Stress is a top participation driver. More than 80 per cent of employees say they participate in workplace well-being programs to reduce their stress levels.
  • Employers are shifting how they position wellness incentives to be more positive than negative. More employers (72 per cent) are positioning their well-being programs as rewards instead of punishments.
  • Employers are looking to broaden communications channels, types, and frequency. Many organizations will increase the frequency of their communications (41.7 per cent), add new communications channels (35.3 per cent) and test out new communications types and styles (32.5 per cent) in an effort to increase employee participation in employee well-being programs.

Complete survey results can be downloaded here.

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