Wellness in the workplace starts with wellness in our workforce. Healthier, happier employees leads to greater productivity – a win / win for everyone.
And when we’re talking about workplace wellness we are, as this recent article in Entrepreneur suggests, talking about the human impact – people. Workers are the core of our workforce, and their mental, physical, emotional, social health affects businesses greatly.
As Entrepreneur explains, workplace wellness programs “inspire & align” the workplace, and have significant impact on building a strong team in your workforce in that they:
Bring teams together
In a 2015 Mental Health America report of nearly 2,000 respondents, an alarming 80 percent said they tend to work alone because of an unhelpful or hostile work environment. What’s more, among the 2,175 U.S. hiring and human resources managers surveyed by CareerBuilder in March 2015, 37 percent said office gossip was a top productivity killer. So how can HR turn gossiping coworkers into a supportive team? With workplace wellness.
Fosters trust between employees & leaders
In a survey of more than 800 full-time, U.S. employees conducted by Globoforce in November 2015, 47 percent said they don’t think their company leaders care about and actively try to create a human workplace. What’s more, in a 2015 survey of close to 800 North American employees conducted by Achievers, just 45 percent said they trust company leadership. Without that trust, employees are more likely to be disengaged from their work and to look for a new employer. Trust is key to getting the emotional connection to work, which is at the core of all business success.
Boosts morale & motivation
According to the Achievers survey, 57 percent of employees said they aren’t motivated by their company’s mission. And when employees don’t feel like their work has meaning, they’re less motivated to do it. That means decreased productivity and engagement. Well-designed workplace wellness programs should reinforce the company mission and values at every turn, orienting newbies and reconnecting veterans in need of a boost.
For more information regarding wellness programming from Foundations Counseling, contact Lori@FoundationsCounselingCenter.org or call 847-497-0524.