By Sunny Lurie
Well-being is no longer a new-agey concept we hear about only from the fringes – it has migrated to mainstream. We are coming to see workplace wellness for what it is: the best way to maximize performance and profit. Research shows workplace health and wellness are proven to raise morale, attendance, engagement and productivity (Gallup, MIT, Positive Psychology Institute, World Economic Forum).
Workplace well-being isn’t just about being happy or wealthy. And it’s certainly not limited to the traditional single focus on physical wellness. Well-being and wellness have evolved to encompass the “whole person” – mental and physical; mind and body. Research reveals five key interconnected wellness areas (below) that drive performance and help organizations succeed. When companies touch all five, workers and organizations thrive.
Five key wellness areas include:
Supporting five wellness areas helps build employee well-being, which has a large impact on organizational well-being. When companies foster wellness, engagement rises and employees become stronger performers. Well-being and employee engagement go hand and hand as two powerful forces for high-performance. Engaged employees are committed to the organization, emotionally attached to their job and excited to accomplish their best work.
How healthy and engaged is your workforce? Not just in terms of diet and physical wellness but in relation to occupational, intellectual, and social wellness. Changing trends in the workforce show that more employees, especially millennials, seek well-being in their workplaces, describing it as work connected to meaning and opportunities for growth.
So whether you’re an employee or business owner, if you haven’t taken workplace wellness seriously up until this point, it may be a good time to begin. An easy first step into wellness is to measure employee engagement, which is closely intertwined with well-being. Gallup reveals 70 percent of U.S. workers are not engaged in their work. Find out where your workplace stands. Gallup offers an engagement survey you may want to try.
Thirty-five percent of large and mid-size companies now offer some wellness support, and the number is growing. The cost of lost productivity and disengaged employees is too high to ignore wellness. Help your workforce in meeting their mind and body needs, and you’ll find yourself with more energized and engaged employees, who come to work strong each day.
Sunny Klein Lurie, PhD, is the CEO of Advanced Performance Inc. and its division, Fast Focus Careers, which helps companies and individuals engage and excel and is the provider of Empowering Growth, a workplace wellness program that measures and increases engagement.
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