Organizations are beginning to understand the direct connection between employee health and wellness and business performance. But the definition of employee wellness, or wellbeing, has evolved dramatically over the past few years, and corporate wellness programs must adapt to changes in society. Here are 5 new trends in employee wellbeing and corporate wellness programs:
What began as a focus on counting steps, tracking sleep, and logging water intake has expanded to include social and emotional—or mental—health. This means taking a more holistic view of employee wellbeing. Rather than just considering physical fitness, best-in-class corporate wellbeing programs now prioritize financial stability, mental health, social connection, substance abuse, and employee assistance. They use a workplace culture vs a clinical approach to wellness.
While a clinical approach to wellness emphasizes biometric screenings and health insurance premium reductions, a cultural approach to wellness aims to help employees feel and do their best and bring their most authentic selves to work every day.
What you can do: Ensure your corporate wellness initiatives include programs and resources to support all aspects of employee wellbeing: physical, social, emotional, and financial.
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