A Workplace Wellness Programme Is Important For Employee Retention
Here at Glandore, we have member businesses from a wide range of industries and have seen time and again that the employees of our member businesses are truly the essence of those companies and what they deliver on. Establishing a strong workplace wellness programme in your company is beneficial for employee satisfaction and employee retention as it allows your employees to see the value, care, and concern that comes from within the company and from senior management.
The last two years have shown us that it is more important than ever to take good care of your employees, especially when it comes to their health and wellness needs. With that in mind, here are some common benefits of establishing or expanding a wellness program in your organization. In keeping with the times, we’re also sharing some insights into how you should take care of your employees’ health and wellness in a hybrid working model.
Benefits Of A Workplace Wellbeing Programme
Being a part of activities that promote healthy habits and overall wellness is said to be an effective medium to increase employee productivity and focus.
Improves overall health and reduces risk of illness
A well-organized wellness program is an excellent way to improve both physical and mental health. Active participation can help employees to adopt and maintain healthy habits that will reduce their risk of getting lifestyle and chronic diseases.
Improves employee happiness
Wellness programs provide quality guidance and support toward a healthy and happier version of employees. Employees feel appreciated for the efforts made towards their health and wellness, helping to increase employee satisfaction and employee retention.
Reduces stress and anxiety
Wellness programs can help stimulate the mind, body, and emotions that help employees manage their stress and anxiety levels.
Reduced healthcare costs
One of the most significant benefits of wellness programs is the reduced healthcare costs for the employees. Early detection and prevention of health issues will eventually lead to fewer visits to the doctor and reduced medical expenses like medicines.
Things To Include In Your Workplace Wellbeing Programme
Accessibility and communication
Make sure that the wellness program is accessible to all the staff. Accessibility should be complemented with effective communication to reap the complete benefits of any wellness programme.
Another important aspect of any workplace wellness program is health screening. This can be a more accurate indicator of the physical and mental health of employees and helps identify potential health risks. Screening can help with the early detection of illness and mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
Regular health screening sessions can help to diagnose concerning health issues and lead employees to seek the right education and advice. Creating viable solutions to health concerns such as arranging seminars and creating groups to spread more awareness around the targeted health issues can be beneficial to a broad range of employees.
Providing employees with the right support system to help them effectively navigate through their health issues is one of the most important aspects of a successful wellness program. Creating an open culture and providing one on one mentoring are some easy ways to establish a more well-rounded approach toward workplace wellness.
How To Provide A Workplace Wellness Programme For Hybrid Workers
- Provide special emphasis on setting up multiple channels across in-person and online options to effectively reach all your employees. Hybrid workers require a hybrid approach to their wellness programs.
- Working with hybrid employees can sometimes lead to gaps in communication between employees and management. Navigating this requires effective communication on every level to inform all employees of the wellness programs offered by the company.
- Distance can be a challenging aspect in your hybrid model when one half of your workforce is in the office and the other half works from home. Make sure to arrange virtual meetings for the employees to bond and connect with each other. Mix and match these meetings so that employees get to interact with each other regardless of whether they are onsite or working remotely.
Employee retention is a hot topic for many industries now. Which makes this the perfect time to look at ways to finesse any existing wellbeing programmes or expand them to include remote workers. If you’d like to read our advice for other ways to help retain staff, we’ve shared a post here that could be just the inspiration you need.
We hope that we’ve shown how beneficial it can be to have a workplace wellbeing programme that includes all workers, be they office-based or working remotely. If you’d like to know more about Glandore’s wellness programme and initiatives, you can find out more here.