Employee wellbeing strategies are most effective when they deliver a holistic approach. This means providing employees with resources and interventions that help to improve outcomes across all facets of wellbeing. The best wellbeing strategies incorporate physical, mental, nutritional and social wellbeing — omitting none of these categories with the understanding that success in each aspect is amplified by success in the others. The WorkingWell strategy, recently launched by Amazon, is a prime example of a holistic approach aiming to educate workers, prevent injury, improve mental health and increase employee confidence in the care their employer shows.
You don’t have to be the world’s richest company to deliver a holistic wellbeing programme: SMEs and enterprises with limited funding can absolutely join in this success. The NHS created a framework to support employers in planning and implementing their own approaches to staff health and wellbeing. The organisational enablers and health interventions that comprise the framework cover mental health, musculoskeletal issues and healthy lifestyles. Self help is a significant part of this framework, so if money is short, focus on fostering understanding and providing clear pathways to support. And if you have invested in wellbeing resources, make sure to promote them so that your investment isn’t wasted.
At Welbot, we created a Wellbeing Audit tool for organisations to evaluate their wellbeing strategies based on the NHS framework. One of the striking findings from the anonymised results was the degree to which organisations compartmentalise their wellbeing strategies. Informing employees how to take care of themselves and steering them in the direction of organisational resources doesn’t have to break the bank. It requires technologies, like Welbot, that engage employees across various wellbeing categories, integrate seamlessly with other wellbeing resources, are low cost and are proven to be effective.
Our recently compiled Employee Attitudes report shows the need for a fresh approach to delivering wellbeing programmes. This report highlights key employee sentiments regarding continued home and remote work, productivity, commuting and more. It shows employees now have different expectations as to how they work, which is likely to pose a new set of challenges to employers and employees alike. Again, the conclusion is clear: supporting healthy working lives and delivering successful wellbeing programmes demands a holistic approach that addresses cross-category needs. It is an approach that requires a data-led, technological approach to understand the changing employee needs and devote resources to those needs.