By Sunny Klein Lurie
What is wellbeing? Workplaces that promote wellbeing support employees as a whole person, mind, and body. Wellbeing encompasses five key areas of wellness: occupational, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical wellbeing. When companies touch all five areas of wellbeing, workers and organizations thrive.
Three steps to promote a culture of wellbeing:
1) An easy first step into wellbeing is to measure employee engagement, a primary indicator of wellbeing. Wellbeing 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 jobs, and excited about accomplishing their best work. Whether you are a large or small organization, find out where your workplace stands by conducting an engagement assessment.
2) Identify a priority area of wellbeing (select one of the five) and set organizational and individual goals around it. Solicit employee ideas for wellbeing activities and incorporate them. For example, if you begin with occupational wellbeing, bring in a workshop to enrich career satisfaction. Or if you start with physical wellness, do a lunch and learn series on interesting health topics.
3) Communicate, encourage, and reward participation in wellbeing activities. Recognize employees for their wellbeing achievements to reinforce its value and increase involvement.
Trying out one small component of wellbeing can be a trial run to see how your employees respond. If it’s successful, add another offering a few weeks later and hopefully work up to a more comprehensive program. Even if you don’t have the resources to implement a complete wellness program, taking these initial steps will show your employees you value their wellbeing. Support your workforce in meeting their mind and body needs and you’ll retain energized, engaged employees who come to work strong each day.
Sunny Klein Lurie, PhD, is the CEO of Advanced Performance Inc., where she maximizes employee engagement, motivation, and performance to promote organizational wellbeing. The company’s Fast Focus Careers division helps individuals excel.
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