Over the past few years, employee wellbeing is an increasing area of interest for employers in worldwide.
We are seeing a shift in how employers view well-being, which is moving from a reactive approach to the management of sickness absence to a more proactive focus around wellness, managing mental health and creating a supportive culture.
These processes are changing and are facing new changes in 2018. What will the next well-being trends for 2018?
There are some exciting trends on the rise that we believe will help companies take their employer wellbeing programs to the next level. Here are some of the trends that will be facing change in 2018:
- Financial & wellness will get prioritized
- Standing Desks
- Healthy vending machines
- Addressing stress head on
Importance of Wellbeing In The Workplace
Given the interdependency between the mental health and wellbeing of employees and increased employee engagement, implementing a good wellbeing strategy makes good business sense and will benefit individuals, organisations, and society. Investment in employee wellbeing is a key initiative of employers who are focused on employee retention.
The Impact Of The Working Environment
Respondents’ views were almost equally split about whether, or not, their working environment was having a negative impact on their health and wellbeing, such as stress, lifting heavy equipment, sitting all day, standing all day, etc. However, despite this 60% felt that their health is ‘Fairly Good’.
Source: Westfield Health
Responsibility For Employees Wellbeing
- 79% of employees believe that the responsibility for managing employee health and wellbeing should be shared between the Employer and Employee.
- Only 7 % felt it was solely the employer’s responsibility.
Source: Westfield Health
What Employees Want From Workplace Wellbeing Programmes
- 25% of employees don’t engage in workplace health and wellbeing programmes, mainly because they look after their own health without support from work, but 15% don’t have the time to engage.
- 30% would engage more with workplace health and wellbeing programmes if their employer better-communicated programmes on offer.
- 46% of employees would engage more with workplace health and wellbeing initiatives if their employer asked them what they’d like.
- 74% agreed that knowing their employer cares about their health and wellbeing would make them more satisfied, loyal and motivated in work.
* Tip – Why not create a workplace wellbeing Facebook Page for your employees to keep up to date with the various events that your company will be running throughout 2018. See an example from Aramark here
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