Addressing the overall well-being of your employees is no simple task, but it’s an essential one. Healthy employees are happier, perform better and are less absent from work. Taking a more holistic approach to well-being can help identify what your employees’ changing needs are, which is crucial to retaining and motivating them — and ensuring the success of your organization.
Here are the six elements of well-being to address in your organization:
There are many elements to well-being. These include: Career: Are your employees truly engaged in the work they’re doing and the company they work for? It’s important to ensure that your employees have the opportunity to use their strengths at work and understand how what they do ties into your organization and business goals. Social: Work relationships between friends, coworkers and managers can help define your employees, both in a good and bad way. One way to improve social well-being might be to schedule icebreaker activities at meetings or plan team outings. Financial: Many of your employees likely spend time each day worrying about money — meaning they’re not fully focused at work. To help ease their minds, you could offer automatic 401k withdrawals or a student loan repayment program. Physical: When your employees feel better physically, they’re more likely to perform better at work. Encourage them to adopt healthy habits and form smart lifestyle choices by promoting walkability. This could mean encouraging use of stairs, walking paths or biking to work. Community: Encourage your employees to focus on this aspect of well-being by reminding them of opportunities for them to give back by sponsoring a volunteer fair at work, or allowing them to take personal time away from work to volunteer for a cause they care about. Emotional: Being emotionally grounded is essential to leading a happy and productive life—both in and outside the workplace. You can provide emotional well-being support in a variety of ways, but the key is making sure employees know these resources and support are available to them whenever they need it.
Why offer well-being services to your employees
Investing in employee well-being pays off. It leads to higher retention rates, lower health care costs External Site. Whether your organization is just starting to think about employee well-being, has years of experience or needs deeper insights, Wellmark can help.
We’re not an off-the-shelf well-being solution. Instead, we focus on the people we know best: our groups and members. Our first-hand access to each group’s claims data — in many cases over several years — provides us with insights you won’t find anywhere else.
We also take the time to get to know you even more deeply. When you work with Wellmark, your dedicated health and well-being consultant will work with you to find the right combination of solutions based on your organization’s goals, culture and challenges.
Interested in learning more about how Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield can help you improve your employees’ well-being? Talk to your Wellmark representative to learn more about our programs that are designed around your company and its needs.