There is no better time to think about wellness and wellbeing – especially in the workplace. With so much focus on eating well, taking care of our mental health and trying to fit more physical exercise into our lives, here are the top 5 trends employee wellness experts Elevate think will be big in 2019.
1. FINANCIAL WELLBEING
Deal or no deal, the Brexit vote two years ago has damaged the UK economy and a weaker pound has squeezed household incomes. With more uncertainty forecast, now is the time to get smart with our money and equip ourselves to stay on top of our financial wellbeing. We’re delighted to be teaming up with strategy and finance consultant Darryl Bannon FCCA MBA to provide a brand new financial wellbeing workshop. This will take a practical approach to budget, negotiation, and saving – tips and tricks to becoming more financially confident.
Health and wellbeing is personal. Much like no two companies are the same, no two employees are the same, and the key to an effective health and wellbeing programme is offering an individualized, personal approach. This is key to ongoing success and optimal engagement. First up, find out what your employees want and need by running a survey. Secondly, offer something more than just a generic workshop with a one-size-fits-all approach. Employees are demanding more from their health at work packages – DNA testing, one-to-one specialist health coaching and personalized wearable tech now being the norm.
3. ADDRESSING BURNOUT
Employee burnout has a huge financial implication for businesses, with low productivity, high sickness absence, and presenteeism costing UK businesses an estimated £73 billion each year. It’s time to take a proactive approach to this stress epidemic and teach individuals to look out for the signs of stress in themselves and others before it reaches critical levels.
4. MEASURED RESULTS
No data no proof. Without clearly measured improvements, it’s hard to gain senior level engagement and in return the financial support to continue with wellbeing programmes. Measuring impact is easier than it sounds – by running regular wellbeing surveys (we suggest every six months) you can keep track of the key areas of concern within your company, gain valuable feedback monitor the notable improvements.
5. EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
With increasing numbers of young entrepreneurs and developing C-Suite leaders, a recent study found that employers value emotional intelligence over IQ. Emotionally intelligent teams perform better at work, have better relationships, and are psychologically and physically healthier.
Ruth Tongue, Co-founder of Elevate, says:
Research has shown that well executed employee wellbeing programmes can not only improve productivity, reduce sickness absence and presenteeism, but also improve morale, sense of value, trust and increase staff retention and attrition.
About the author: Ruth Tongue, Co-founder of Elevate, is an MSc qualified nutritionist, sports scientist and health editor with over ten years’ experience in corporate wellness.