A recent article from Gibson discussed the importance of wellness–and why we should focus on more than just physical health. Traditional workplace wellness programs have outlined plans for eating right, exercising, etc–all of which are very important to a healthy lifestyle. But just as this article describes, we now know that there is so much more to our holistic health. Read on to learn what well-being really is and how you can promote this well-being with a supportive company culture.
Based on the Gallup-Healthways Well-being Index, well-being consists of the following five areas:
According to further Gallup research, employees who thrive in all five areas of well-being have 41% fewer sick days, are 65% less likely to have a workplace-related accident, and are 81% less likely to leave their current jobs. If your employees are thriving, they’ll be more engaged and energized at work–and they’ll like their jobs!
First, examine your company’s culture. This is simply the behaviors, values, and beliefs that your company holds and communicates–or, in other words, the environment in which you and your employees work. Consider what this culture is like now, and what you want it to be, by asking yourself a few key questions:
If you can answer yes to most or all of these questions, then you likely have a supportive company culture and engaged employees with high levels of well-being. However, if you realize that morale has been low, or that your employees are not as happy and engaged as you’d like them to be, there are steps you can take to help improve their well-being.
The first step to getting your employees more engaged in the workplace is to communicate with them. When your employees know that you value their input and well-being, they will be more responsive to you–and they’ll want to come into work each day! Consider setting aside time to sit down with your employees, or have a third party initiate a survey if you have a large number of employees. Ask them questions such as:
By listening to what your employees have to say and taking their comments and suggestions into account, you can make changes in your company culture to further their well-being. Paradigm Health and Wellness’ SHIFT program is one such change that can make a difference in your company. Just like the Gibson article described, our SHIFT wellness coaches understand that there is so much more to overall health than the physical aspect. We will have conversations with your employees, tailoring our wellness plans to each and every individual’s unique needs and goals. What’s more, SHIFT can save you $7,500 per employee in health care costs!
Paradigm Health & Wellness is located in downtown Lafayette, Indiana. We offer a unique and strategic approach to employees’ mental health, physical wellness, and more. Learn more about our services and contact us today! Like us on Facebook, and follow us on LinkedIn!