The current health crisis has not only shifted economies, but the way companies take care of their employees. Organisations like Grammarly and SAP have prioritised virtual wellness programs to help ease the stress and anxiety of working from home. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, wellness programs were often perceived as a perk for workers. However, lately these initiatives are making a big difference in helping employees feel connected to one another while staying physically and mentally healthy.
In fact, health and wellness are one of the core principles of our business at Channel Reach. We encourage proper breaks as an effective way to re-energise and help team members work more efficiently. So, if you’re looking to uplift and inspire your workforce, this blog post offers practical tips that have helped us promote productivity by taking on engaging, fun, and holistic approaches to wellness.
Firstly, employee wellness can encompass the physical and mental fitness of an employee. Wellness programs are designed to help employees make healthy lifestyle choices and go a long way toward improving the growth, strength, and sustainability of a business. A global study found that many employees have experienced greater stress, anxiety and emotional exhaustion since the start of the pandemic. And with research done by WebFX showing 35% of employees say they would be more loyal to a company if there was a wellness program – the need for companies to focus more on employee wellness is becoming more evident.
Secondly, environmental influences can have a sizeable impact on people’s moods and decisions. It is vital for leaders to give their employees a day off, specifically geared toward burnout prevention. While a day off may not solve heavy underlying problems, it can provide a much-needed break to pause, regroup, and come back with greater energy levels.
As companies continue to navigate the reality of remote working, prioritising company culture is more vital than ever. Companies that build a wellness culture, centred around the company culture can create a workforce that is not only more focused and engaged, but one that sees culture as a benefit to their careers. Furthermore, a supportive work environment can keep employees motivated and engaged. According to Babe Ruth: “The way a team plays determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individuals in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.”
Lastly, at Channel Reach, we take employee wellness seriously. Here’s some tips on how you can pay more focus to employee wellness:
- Encourage open communication: We conduct weekly virtual group meetings where team members get to share healthy recipes, stress-management, and exercise routines as well as work-life balance tips. This helps us connect with each other and feel less isolated.
- “There is no “I” in team.”: We work together to achieve one common goal and if an individual goes above and beyond their role in helping others, we ensure they feel appreciated for their efforts. This is equally important in a time of remote working.
- Take a day off to avoid burn out: We tested this out and took a Burnout Day in May – a wonderful way to reset and restore. We came back revived and recharged, with the realisation that work-life balance leads to productivity.
To Sum Up
Employee wellness can harvest healthy habits, and not only can it result in employees becoming more productive, but your company can attract top talent, increase morale, and help bring employees together around well-being. In other words, help your business succeed by making employees feel healthier, happier, valued, less stressed, and motivated to accomplish their goals with wellness initiatives.