Employee Wellness, Experience, Wellbeing, Engagement, Happiness … It is about much more than just sleeping well, eating healthily, and exercising regularly. And while employee wellbeing is a shared responsibility, as an employer you can have a significant (positive) impact and influence.
There is little doubt that employee burnouts are rising at an alarming pace. They seem to be one of the prevalent symptoms of the modern workplace. Work and everything connected is becoming faster, more complex, and more demanding. Anyone who then thinks about employee wellbeing instinctively makes the connection with health and sickness. But (employee) wellbeing covers more than just that… a lot more!
Wellbeing is a holistic concept that touches among others, physical and emotional wellbeing, social and financial wellbeing, leadership, engagement, culture, values, intellectual wellbeing, and growth perspectives, just to name the most important ones. When looking at it from this new and broader perspective, it will come as no surprise that understanding and managing the overall well-being of the workforce is of immense importance and essential to keep top talent captivated, committed, and retained as well as inspire and bring the best out of everyone. Something Wenite helps conscious and people-oriented HR leadership to achieve.
In its most primitive and physical form, wellbeing can indeed be stimulated by healthy eating and sleeping habits and regular exercise. Physical well-being has enjoyed growing attention for some years now and is relatively easy to measure and improve. Yet physical well-being is just the tip of the (wellbeing) iceberg. To truly impact employee wellbeing, productivity, and happiness, we must uncover and tackle the wellbeing dimensions that often stay below the surface.
Many employers are effectively beginning to see that they can influence the behavior of their employees, which is where good leadership can go a long way. Employers can play a key role in curbing negative personal and team behaviors that otherwise lead to costly consequences.
The biggest challenge today however is how to get a broader view of all the different dimensions of employee wellbeing as mentioned before. A clear starting point is to MEASURE and LISTEN first. Make sure to invest the time and effort to accurately map and understand how your colleagues and employees are doing, what they are thinking, and how they are behaving. Not just emotionally, but also physically, socially, in terms of engagement and leadership, connectedness, in their work-from-home environment, etc. At Wenite, we advise and assist companies in collecting the right (wellbeing) data in all of its dimensions! And do it in an effective and comprehensive way so that both employer and employee are closely involved.
By doing so, wellbeing becomes a shared responsibility, and behavior change will be much easier. Once the right data is (continuously or periodically) monitored and analyzed (we do both!), HR teams are able to find weak- and strong spots and areas of risk and opportunity. Based on the data and analyses, the leadership teams can start to formulate and implement an effective wellbeing strategy and take immediate action. As soon as this has been done correctly the first time, more data, trends, and predictions can continuously lead to corrective and preventive action and initiatives for further improvement.
Every day a new employer (or HR team) realizes the true cost of a poor employee wellbeing policy, tools, and data, which goes far beyond just the cost of sick leave, talent drain, insurance claims, or the investment they make in the right partners and technology to understand, digitalize, and manage employee wellbeing in a holistic way.
By having worked with numerous companies, large and small, and in a multitude of industries, it has become clear what the critical requirements are for a successful wellbeing approach. The value and impact of well-organized wellbeing programs depend very much on the quality and depth of the data that fuel these programs, as well as how they get embedded in the strategy, values, culture, and behaviors of the company.
Once employers, managers, and employees realize that with accurate data and tailor-made action big improvements can be made in all dimensions of wellbeing, the scene is set for gains in health, happiness, productivity, and profitability for all.
And that is why Wenite is on a mission to help HR teams get to a comprehensible and integrated wellbeing policy, that is data-driven, personal, and most importantly actionable!
What does your employee wellbeing policy look like? I’d love to hear about it and exchange ideas on what we’ve seen work (and not…)!
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