From Wellness to Well-being: Making a Positive Impact on Your Company Culture

Making a positive impact on your company culture starts with promoting good well-being.

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. 

What is well-being?

Based on the Gallup-Healthways Well-being Index, well-being consists of the following five areas:

  • Career: finding purpose and enjoyment in your work
  • Financial: increasing your security by managing money well
  • Social: having good, supportive friendships and relationships in your life
  • Physical: staying healthy and keeping up your energy level
  • Community: liking where you live and feeling safe, comfortable, and proud to live there

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!

Making a positive impact on your company culture starts with promoting good well-being.How can I measure my employees’ well-being?

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:

  • Is health and safety our first priority?
  • Do we have the proper resources so that everyone is healthy and safe?
  • Have I set realistic health and safety goals for our company? Am I encouraging my employees to meet these goals?
  • How has our company morale been lately?
  • Do I have a good relationship with my employees?
  • Do I do what I say I will–do I “walk the walk?”
  • Are my employees happy? Engaged? Working hard?

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.

How can I further engage my employees?

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:

  • How would you describe our company culture?
  • Do you know how your specific duties further our company’s mission?
  • Do you feel that we (management) support your health, well-being, and safety?
  • Do you feel that you have the resources to properly do your job?
  • Do you feel valued here?
  • Do you trust us to “walk the walk?”
  • Do you look forward to coming to work each day?

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!

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