For some companies, workplace wellness might feel like a moot point. But your employee’s well-being directly affects their productivity and ability to offer creative solutions to problems – investing in their well-being pays dividends to your company’s well-being. It’s never been more important – with the transition to working from home during the pandemic, the lines between work and home have become blurred and it’s getting more and more difficult for employees to set boundaries and practice good work-life balance. Here are four workplace wellness trends to keep your employees happy and healthy while working from home.
- Adapt to Remote Perks
Of course, there are some components of in-person wellness programs that cannot be implemented in a work-from-home setting. Offering wellness coaching and remote social opportunities can help teams stay connected and get help during this difficult transition.
- Try New Remote Activities
While after-work drinks aren’t really possible now, there are plenty of options to continue social engagement and group wellness among your employees. Remote yoga classes, sharing exercise accomplishments, and other virtual health activities can enhance teamwork and keep morale high.
- Embrace Challenges and Rewards
Challenges are a great way to encourage participation and growth among employees. Prizes, bragging rights, and the feeling of achievement that comes along with completing wellness challenges can encourage shy or skeptical team members to jump in and be part of the activities.
- Plan Your Program Carefully
Many people take “wellness” to mean physical health, but it also includes emotional and mental health. It’s important to design your wellness program with all of the factors in mind so that your employees get the most out of it. Think about health benefits, exercise, mental health assistance, financial counselling, and family matters when designing your program.
A sure-fire way to ensure that your team is getting the most out of your wellness program is to ask them what they need – it’s always better to have data to consult than just throwing ideas at the wall and seeing what sticks. Consider meeting with your employees and having a brainstorming session about what they’d benefit from.