02/18/17 By Jennifer Brown

well-beingSurprisingly, with the ease of technology at our fingertips, studies have shown that employee engagement levels have stagnated, productivity has not risen (even though we think we are more productive with all of our tech gadgets!), and employees today are taking less vacation days per year than they did a decade ago – not to mention are feeling the burn out sooner in their careers. How do we turn this around? A great place to begin is putting the health and wellness of your employees at the top of your business strategy to do list.

Offering benefits plans, paid time off, professional development days, wellness days, and other health and wellness related activities show you value the physical, mental and emotional health of your employees. However, implementing programs without much forethought or only focusing on work-life while ignoring the need for personal and family time does not speak to the greater issue of employee well-being.

Changing your strategy from “employee programs” to instead thinking in terms of “human performance” is a great place to start. Instead of asking “What programs do we need?”, ask yourself this one question…“How can we help our employees and teams perform better?”

Take a deeper dive into your organization’s specific needs by asking:

Check mark symbol Are our people healthy?

Check mark symbol Do they have habits and routines to stay energetic and well-rested?

Check mark symbol Do we offer an environment conducive to achieving a balance between work, personal, and family life?

Check mark symbol Do our employees feel focused?

Check mark symbol Do their manager’s lead in motivating, constructive ways – supporting their teams?

Check mark symbol Do our employees have the resources needed to do their jobs effectively?

Without asking these questions, you will not know what efforts will have the most impact. Compensation, health insurance, employee wellness programs, and talent development initiatives all speak to employee well-being in one way or another. Integrating these functions will help you design one cohesive strategy – resulting in a culture of well-being. And bonus …when you treat your employees like a priority, they will in turn treat their jobs and customers as such.

Need help uncovering what health and wellness means to your organization? Email us or give us a call. We work with our clients every day to create strategies that work for everyone in the organization. We can do the same for you.