Promoting wellness in the workplace is becoming increasingly important as employers recognize the benefits of having a healthy and happy workforce. A recent study by Deloitte found that 57% of employees are considering quitting their job for one that better supports their well-being. And we know that when employees feel they have higher well-being, they’re more likely to be engaged in their work and feel supported by their organization.
Employees spend a significant amount of time at work, and their physical and mental health can be impacted by their work environment. Employers can take steps to promote wellness in the workplace by implementing strategies that encourage physical activity, and promote mental health and work-life integration. These strategies not only benefit employees but can also lead to increased productivity, reduced absenteeism and better overall job satisfaction.
In addition, companies can enhance their well-being program promotion strategy by utilizing social media, creating well-being champions and offering wellness incentives for employee participation. By prioritizing wellness in the workplace, companies can create a positive and supportive work environment that promotes the health and well-being of their employees.
How to promote wellness in the workplace
Inspiring employees to participate in wellness initiatives isn’t a hopeless cause. From recognition to incentives to leadership involvement, there are many ways to promote wellness in the workplace.
Recognize the right people for the right behavior with the right rewards. Employee well-being incentives and recognition can be crafted to show care. Ask your employees what motivates them — relevant incentives change from person to person. This could range from well-being hours and time off to well-being stipends and more. Limeade knows incentive designs are as unique as your organization. That’s why the art of our recommendations are rooted in science, research, practice and experience. We commit to crafting the most effective design for your organization including a mix of intrinsic and extrinsic rewards.
Make it a priority. Leaders should create an environment that truly supports employee wellness initiatives. They also need to model behavior and set aside time for employee well-being activities like walking meetings, stress relief breaks and lunch-and-learn events. 59% of employees we surveyed said leadership involvement was one of the most effective factors for a successful workplace well-being program.
Track goals. Progress is motivating. Encourage employees to set and track their goals. And be sure to support them along the way with social activity to build community and keep everyone accountable.
Bring it all together. Wellness initiatives shouldn’t be a separate program — they should integrate with other HR programs and initiatives. 53% of companies we surveyed don’t use their wellness programs to boost participation in other initiatives or benefits utilization, and they’re missing a huge opportunity.
Promoting health and wellness in the workplace is a win-win for both employees and employers. Here are three strategies to get you started:
1. Implement an employee recognition program
SHRM found that workforce managers believe employee recognition helps to create a positive workforce culture and employee experience. Half of them say that their recognition programs positively affect retention by 68%.
Celebrating your employees is a great way to show you care. Employees who feel supported by their employer are 17% more likely to still be there in a year. It goes without saying that employee recognition helps your people feel like their work is appreciated and it’s critical to the success of your company.
Make it happen:
Lead by example and give kudos to people on your team for a job well done.
Consider annual awards for employees who have gone the extra mile.
Celebrate your employees not only on Employee Appreciation Day, but every day. A small message of encouragement or high five can go a long way.
2. Support relationship building
Relationships at work — with managers, executives, leaders and more — play a huge role in improving employee well-being, engagement and the overall employee experience. In fact, according to the Limeade Institute, 70% of employees find organizational support in their teams and peers.
We all know that people can make or break a company culture. Encourage employees to build professional relationships with their coworkers, so they feel excited to not only do the work they love, but with a team they love as well.
Make it happen:
Plan a company virtual event, team lunch or celebration connection after completing a major project.
Announce employee birthdays and put a volunteer on each team to lead in party planning so coworkers can celebrate together.
Encourage employees to catch up or have coffee with remote employees virtually.
3. Make time for mindfulness
Taking time to mentally decompress can have a huge impact on employee performance. The importance of this is increasing, so much that WTW reported two out of three U.S. employers (67%) plan to make employee mental health and emotional wellbeing programs and solutions one of their top three health priorities over the next three years.
Bottom line: it’s important to encourage your employees to take moments for themselves. Encouraging employees to practice mindfulness can have a positive impact not just on their well-being, but on your organization’s overall success as well.
Make it happen:
Schedule time after large presentations or meetings to “cool down.”
Encourage employees to take 10-minute mindfulness breaks throughout the day.
Take a mindful moment before meetings for everyone to mentally prepare and collect themselves.
Promoting health and wellness in the workplace is essential
Research has found that there’s a deep connection between employee well-being and organizational results such as employee turnover, employee performance, organizational commitment and job satisfaction. And in a world where employees are fighting to keep their top talent, now is the time to focus on how to promote wellness in the workplace and invest in employee well-being strategies.