A Holistic Employee Wellness Program Can Eliminate Systemic Barriers

According to the company’s 2022 HR Trends Report, organizations that prioritized employee needs over organizational needs during the pandemic were 1.5 times more likely to record high overall performance and 1.4 times more likely to experience high labor productivity.

Organizations with effective wellness programs see many benefits, such as increased productivity, engagement, morale, and talent attraction. In addition, these organizations realize a decrease in turnover, absenteeism and burnout.

McLean & Company research found that most organizations report that less than half of their employees participate in the wellness programs they offer. This is often due to the mismatch between the initiatives provided by organizations and the needs of the employee.

Creating an effective employee wellness program requires a change in mindset. Traditional employee wellness programs aim to help employees better manage work-related stressors. However, some of these approaches fail to take into account the range of stressors faced by employees and the active role organizations play in creating a culture that promotes or inhibits well-being.

The company’s new blueprint explains that organizations have a responsibility to recognize the role that individual stressors, such as care responsibilities and financial constraints, and societal stressors, including political, social and economic, have on employees and must provide resources to support their well-being.

Research further indicates that effective employee wellness programs address systemic barriers and provide resources that target multiple levels, such as:

  • Individual initiatives that employees can choose to participate in based on their needs and interests.
  • Team initiatives that target team culture or social norms, supervisor behaviors and co-worker relationships.
  • Organizational initiatives that target all employees and promote a culture that recognizes, rewards and reinforces well-being.

As the line between work and life becomes increasingly blurred, employees can no longer leave their personal lives at the door, making employee wellness programs much more essential. McLean & Company recommends that organizations use the following holistic steps to create an effective wellness program:

  • Collect data and employee feedback to identify gaps in existing initiatives and uncover employee wellness needs.
  • Select organizational wellness priorities and craft a program comprised of initiatives that meet employee needs and address systemic barriers.
  • Create a personalized and targeted communication plan to ensure employees are fully informed of proposed wellness initiatives.

The full plan on how to create a holistic employee wellness program is available for download now so HR departments can implement the recommendations immediately.

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