According to AllWork, problems like migraines, depression and the flu can reduce productivity by up to seven percent
In Asia, by 2017 more than six in 10 people claimed that their workplace was responsible for their physical pain
At the same time, 70 to 80 percent of companies believe that wellness programs reduce the incidence of absenteeism.
There are several ways in which the interaction between brands and their partners changed in the wake of the current health crisis. In the first place, there is a greater incidence and acceptance of certain work systems, such as the home office. Training schemes have also been re-emphasized as part of the natural evolution of employees within brands. Perhaps the most important change, however, is in the increased attention to the idea of wellness.
Around the world there has been a renewed interest in taking care of the physical and mental health of employees. According to Zurich, not only the pandemic demonstrated why it is so crucial that companies invest in the well-being of their employees, as part of their continuity strategies. In addition, in data from HR Daily Advisor, it has become one of the most effective strategies available to corporations to increase productivity.
However, betting on the well-being of employees and collaborators is not something that easy for all companies. It not only requires a specific investment. In addition, it requires brands to have clear long-term implementation plans. A strategy that combines both physical and mental aspects, and that can also be remotely implemented in the context of the pandemic. In this sense, Runa points out that there are five crucial keys:
Stress Management: Mental Well-Being
Due to phenomena such as burnout or the health situation itself, the home office has been a much more tense experience for most professionals. In this sense, it would be advisable for companies to establish specific hours with yoga, meditation or breathing exercises for the entire company. Not only does it represent a welcome break, but it is also an opportunity to socialize and integrate collaborators from a distance.
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Well-being doesn’t just mean tackling mental or psychological problems. Remember that there are also significant health effects of sitting for more than eight hours in roughly the same position. In this sense, it is important that companies also design recommendations, including exercise sessions throughout the day. In this way, it will be easier to counteract the negative effects of this type of inactivity.
Wellness through nutrition
Food has proven to be a major problem for employees at home. In large part, because the home office encourages people to consume drinks and food more frequently throughout the day. Companies can have some interference in this phenomenon, hiring a nutritionist who can give free advice to staff. Or, setting challenges that encourage an adequate weight and a more responsible consumption.
Personal finance, a frequently forgotten aspect
In the midst of an economic crisis that will potentially last for a long time to come, it is very important that people know how to manage their resources. And unfortunately, many people still don’t have the knowledge to make the best decisions for their financial well-being. In this sense, brands could make an advisor available to their collaborators to help them improve their money management. Including daily expenses and savings plans.
Psychological support for employees for their well-being
Lastly, it is also important that companies consider giving their staff access to a mental health professional. It must be remembered that confinement and loneliness are very real challenges that have taken on particular importance in recent months. In addition, these types of problems often cannot be solved without the help of a qualified professional. The best help that employers can give is to have space and resources in this area.