There is a lot of stress out there and rather than just throwing around wellbeing like a trendy phrase, prospective employees might want to hear during an interview, workplaces are looking to administer it.
Over the past year, it is evident that more companies are realising the benefits of implementing wellbeing into their strategies when it comes to attracting and retaining talent.
In fact, according to Fitbit, 94% of CEOs believe a health and wellness program is essential to attracting top talent. Studies have also shown as many as 60% of people cite benefits as a major deciding factor when considering whether to accept a job offer. Research from Ibec last year showed that six out of ten employees were more likely to stay long term with an employer that showed concern for their health.
Starting a wellbeing programme for your company shouldn’t be overwhelming. A few easy steps can help you to get started.
Begin with asking your employees what they want from the programme: What topics they would like covered? and what activities would they be interested in participating in? You don’t want to administer a programme that none of your employees would want to partake in.
If you have access to a budget it could also be a good idea to get the help of a wellbeing provider to give guidance and help with rolling out a strategy. If budget is an issue you could reach out to local professionals or health organisations that would provide classes or workshops like yoga, talks about financal wellbeing, and, taking care of your mental health etc.
Small things like encouraging employees to take the stairs or having a weekly fitness challange are all starting points in developing a long term comprehensive wellbeing strategy
To get a ROI use your wellbeing promgramme to help boost your recruiting and retention endeavors. Beef up your employer branding profile and promote and a positive company culture to potential candidates.
Creating a weekly newsletter with upcoming activities and programmes will help to keep your employees engaged, and, posting to your social media channels, will get your message out to candidates about how the wellbeing of your employees’ matter.
Financial Wellbeing was the topic of our final Wellness Week activity today. Thank you to Tommy Corbett from Carey Corbett Financial Solutions for presenting two sessions to our team in Ennis & via @WorkplacebyFB to our Dublin, London & Manchester teams! #thePotentialwithin pic.twitter.com/v6d2XYUDLk
— TTM Healthcare (@TTMGroup) January 18, 2019
Take for example TTM Healthcare who use their social media channels to showcase the various wellbeing activites they participate in, and make clear that they invest in their employees’ wellbeing as part of their culture.