4 Emerging Employee Wellness Trends in 2019
October 25, 2018
An effective wellness program can positively impact your employees and your business’s bottom line. Wellness programs can improve retention, reduce sick time and increase productivity. While employee wellness programs are more common today, they’re still a relatively new benefit. The areas they emphasize and what they incentivize are evolving. As 2019 approaches, here are some emerging in workplace wellness trends.
Employee burnout is real, and so is the fallout for your business. When it happens, employees experience higher rates of absenteeism, stress-related health issues and employee turnover. On the other hand, reduced stress leads to employees who are more engaged, which promotes ideation and innovation at your workplace.
You can cultivate a work environment with reduced stress by:
- Encouraging social wellness with team activities and collaboration.
- Using meetings and gatherings to create a purpose-driven workplace by emphasizing your company’s mission.
- Showing your employees you care about them with regular conversation.
- Recognizing signs and symptoms of a stressed employee.
Many of your employees feel the need to be “there” for those who are suffering, and that’s a good thing! A culture of compassion and empathy can be invaluable. But it’s also important to recognize that, at times, the emotional weight felt by those who like to serve as your workplace’s emotional pillars can become too much for anyone. Compassion fatigue was once more commonly seen among healthcare professionals, but it’s becoming a greater issue within the general population. So what can you do to help your employees who are serving this vital need at your business?
- Remind your employees to be watchful of denial (for example, recognizing if someone simply repeats, “I’m fine” when asked how he or she is doing).
- Encourage your employees to talk to you or your human resources team when feeling overwhelmed.
- Promote healthy at-work habits in the form of snacks, exercise and social activities.
Access to financial wellness programs continues to increase, with 84 percent of companies providing them, such as debt management tools or student loan counseling. Financial stress is one of the biggest stress triggers for employees, but there are plenty of ways you can help. An effective financial wellness program should include hosting financial experts, providing educational materials and promoting retirement planning.
The rise in popularity of wellness programs has led to a similar increase in strategy around healthcare and wellness. Increasingly, employers are analyzing the healthcare and employee benefits plans they offer. Heading into 2019, pull data and collect feedback on your current offerings to determine:
- Which health conditions are most commonly affecting your employees to make sure your plan covers them. Make adjustments based on what you find.
- What levels of participation you’re seeing in your programs and offerings. For the ones that are under-utilized, research and document ideas for ways you can increase employee participation.
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