Wondering Why Do We Need Wellness at Work?
Welcome to The Era of Wellness at Work. Did you know that less than half of all workplaces have a wellness program that supports their employees’ efforts to live and work optimally? It is quite disturbing to think that millions of employees go to jobs they love, put in countless hours daily, yet fail to receive the financial support of their employers to stay well and healthy. It gets even more bizarre when you learn that of the 30 percent or so organizations that have a wellness program, less than 30 percent of their employees participate in wellness activities at work. So, what’s the answer? I don’t think it’s to stop having wellness programs because you and I know of many friends and colleagues who are being struck with chronic diseases, mental health diseases, and cancer in the prime of their lives. Diseases that should be experienced in old age are becoming the norm for most professionals in their mid-life. So, what is the reason why more employees don’t participate in wellness programs at work? Employees tell us they want to manage their own wellness. They want to make choices that are relevant to them culturally, socially, religiously, or spiritually. What is an organization to do in this case? Some have created expansive assessment tools, programs, gyms, and elaborate programs yet still have less than 40% participation. Many employees say they want access to certain wellness modalities and practitioners that are not covered by their employee plans or offered at work. The road wellness is different for everyone, what’s key is for wellness programs to support and empower employees to stay well and happy, even when they are unconventional. Many employees are what we call socialized by the “Amazon experience”. Thus, they are used to having many options to choose from. They want variety and diversity in the wellness program offerings, or they become bored and lose interest in your onsite program. This makes it difficult for any one organization to keep its program interesting and engaging for a prolonged period. So, what’s the answer? Give your employees access to a wide range of services and modalities that they can use to improve their wellness on their own terms. You may be thinking that this is a very expensive process, but it doesn’t have to be. This is where the Global Workplace Wellness Summit fills the gap, by providing regular, new interesting, unconventional, diverse and practical topics, sessions, presentations, modalities, and strategies that address the realities of your employees’ lives. We partner with organizations to meet the real and perceived wellness needs of their employees; providing onsite access for those who want to participate in wellness education and learning at work, and off-site access for those who want to access wellness tools and information outside the workplace that is paid for by their employer. The Summit provides free webinars and summit sessions that can be streamed from employees’ desktops, in a boardroom setting, as part of a staff meeting, in the lunchroom or from your wellness area. The reality is that wellness is a personal matter. Because your employees are diverse in background, religion, culture and preferences, we also provide access to a member portal that allows employees to log in from their homes. Learn more about the summit or register for an upcoming Summit session here. To Your Wellness Joyce Odidison