Workplace wellness that serves the needs of employees

Dorian Wilson
Dorian Wilson
December 7, 2021
• 7 min read
Workplace wellness that serves the needs of employees

Every company depends on committed, motivated and healthy employees who feel empowered to always give their best and support their team to the best of their ability in achieving their goals together. With this in mind, more and more companies acknowledge the importance of actively promoting the wellbeing of their employees. After all, to do a good job, you have to feel good.

To achieve this, companies need to consider a number of different factors such as the corporate culture, how fulfilled employees are by their work, as well as the social factor of the job and appropriate financial compensation. Highlighted by the pandemic, more and more companies also start to realize the need to consider mental and physical wellbeing as well.

What services do companies currently offer?

Companies are pursuing various programmatic strategies in this regard. On the one hand, to promote the well-being of their employees at various levels, but also to make the company more attractive to new employees and skilled workers.

Some companies promote the health of their employees through in-house programs or fitness facilities, others provide gym memberships, there are also now some digital offerings that employees can take advantage of. In addition, companies also offer programs to promote healthy eating, through cooking boxes or chefs who serve meals to employees. Beyond that, some also offer coaching or support for social or mental health challenges.

These programs all make perfect sense and are to be encouraged. However, offers that are not available online in particular are increasingly reaching their limits today – especially in the current era. After all, more and more people will be working from home in the future, so companies will have to find new solutions to reach all their employees with their programs at all times. Many benefits also have the character of an additional financial incentive or help employees save money for offers that they would otherwise use privately and usually rather outside of their working hours.

What companies should offer: Services made specifically for the needs of employees

In times when the boundaries between work and personal time are becoming more and more blurred and people are increasingly not leaving their office because it is now within their own homes, it is important for companies to actively support their employees in promoting an overall healthy lifestyle over just a "work-life balance". Promoting physical and mental wellness must become part of the home office routine in order to prevent illnesses such as musculoskeletal issues or burnout in the long term. Furthermore, it is important to create opportunities for social exchange to prevent isolation and loneliness when social interaction is no longer adequately provided by meeting in the office.

With this in mind, companies should provide solutions that explicitly address the needs and work location of their employees. Many people often sit at their desk all day and maintain poor posture, thus suffering from back pain and tension. In this respect, programs must provide solutions for precisely this type of problem. Suitable offers can be, for example, short stretching exercises that alleviate pain due to imbalanced posture or short mobility sessions that strengthen the muscles and thus help stabilise the posture. Most importantly, is that these exercises can be easily integrated into everyday life to promote sustainable healthy routines. Nutrition also plays an important role and offerings like chefs are great, but only if everyone in the home office gets their own chef. However, if companies offer solutions so that employees can prepare healthy lunch dishes quickly and easily, then everyone is taken care of.

What is the expected outcome?

In order to be able to implement goal-oriented solutions, it is important to know exactly what employees want and need in order to achieve their health goals. In this respect, companies should first create a plan and define a goal that they want to achieve with their workplace wellness programs.

Ideally, a solution that offers the possibility of actively measuring employee participation to ensure that the goal is achieved. Finally, based on an evaluation, decisions can be made to ensure continuous improvement of the entire workplace wellness program. In turn, the results can then be used to derive requirements for adapting the offerings for employees even better to their needs.

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