3 Trends to Help Can Provide the Best Wellness Program in 2020
December 10, 2019
Nearly half of all U.S. employers have some type of employee wellness or health-promoting program. And these programs become increasingly effective when they meld both body and mind as part of a holistic wellness approach. As we look toward 2020 wellness trends, the focus on employee mental health is a common thread. We’ve compiled three ways companies are enhancing their programs heading into the new year.
Employee Assistance Programs
Nearly one in five U.S. adults lives with a mental illness. It’s critical to the wellbeing of your employees and to the productivity of your business that your employees are provided with access to mental health professionals. Many employers offer Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) so their employees can get help with a variety of needs, including substance abuse and financial wellness.
Recently, EAPs have taken on greater importance as employers report concerns over workplace stress and employee burnout. Now is a great time to re-examine your existing EAP or add one to your wellness program.
Your employees are more likely to care about the success of your company if you show you care about them. That’s why employee engagement is so important. And it’s equally important to recognize your employees’ successes, because it reinforces good behavior and also lets them know that you’re paying attention to their contributions. You can do this in some pretty easy ways, such as:
- Hosting games or events to fan your competitive flames.
- Using your company’s social media accounts to give appreciation (and to share that appreciation with the world).
- Holding a regular company awards show so employees can nominate each other. Employees who either give or receive recognition feel a 33 percent increase in belonging.
Employers are already promoting the value of work-life balance in reducing employee burnout, improving employee physical health and increasing productivity. We’re now seeing work-life balance evolving to become work-life integration. What’s the difference? Balance is simply making sure a job’s demands aren’t intruding on their personal lives. Work-life integration is the blending of both work and life simultaneously. It’s re-imagining what the traditional office setting looks like.
Three-quarters of millennials would like to work remotely more frequently and think that doing so will boost their productivity. How would you feel about an employee taking an important business call while at the gym? Or letting an employee leave work for two hours in the middle of the day to attend a child’s dance recital, then making up the hours at home on their own time? Each business has different needs, but providing the tools and policies for this type of work environment has increasingly become an expectation for recruits.
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