Many people learn about well-being for the first time through the resources available at their workplace. A corporate employee well-being program can help dissolve the lines between business and individual performance — but only if it amplifies the organization’s support for improvement.
In fact, well-being tools and resources ranked as the second-most important factor in improving employee well-being — but only 68 percent of employees say they get this kind of support from their organization. That means more than one-third of workers may feel left behind.
Can’t swing a fancy onsite fitness center? Don’t panic — there are plenty of options to help improve overall well-being.
Here are 4 ways well-being tools and programs can inspire employee improvement:
1. Create a positive well-being program that people love and want to use. Great companies invest in their employees by leading them to the activities they care about, rather than telling them what to do. Trust your employees to set their own goals and self-report their progress. Build community within the workplace by launching fun team challenges that foster friendly competition.
2. Provide recommendations and content for employees to learn more about their well-being. This goes beyond program challenges and activities — boost motivation through consistent support. Give your managers communications guidance, talking points and reminders to encourage employees to use well-being resources — even on company time. Visuals, branding, storytelling and meaningful messaging can help tell a strong story about why well-being matters to the organization.
3. Build a well-being experience that easily integrates with all HR initiatives. Well-being technology offers a big opportunity for organizations to quickly (and effectively) show employees they care. Create a one-stop-shop that makes it easy to find important resources, such as onboarding materials, employee assistance options and benefits information.
4. Hold leaders and managers accountable for participating in well-being programs. Employees look to the top for what’s acceptable in the workplace — so make sure leaders take care of their own well-being. Encourage them to interact on message boards and share their personal achievements during team meetings.