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August is National Wellness Month
Let’s make well-being a priority all year long!
Creating a culture of well-being.
Companies with a robust culture of well-being know that it’s about more than offering a meditation app or an onsite fitness center. A true well-being culture includes support for multiple aspects of employees’ lives, including mental health, family and caregiving responsibilities, financial wellness, social connections, and managing chronic conditions, among others. As a recent Harvard Business Review article stated, “Organizations can’t function effectively — let alone, adapt, compete, and win — with struggling and suffering workers.”
Organizations that place a priority on employee well-being reap the benefits. Research shows that there’s a strong, positive correlation between well-being, productivity, and organizational performance.1 And, Gallup recently found that teams who feel their organization cares about their well-being achieve higher customer engagement, profitability and productivity, lower turnover, and fewer safety incidents.
So, what can we do to help employees with well-being?
First, it’s important to acknowledge that well-being is not a one-time event. It’s an ongoing practice of small, daily acts that allow people to manage stress, be more productive, and feel happier and healthier. And, most importantly, it’s about creating a corporate environment that openly supports employees taking time to look after their health and wellness.
Here are some ideas for how to infuse well-being into the workplace:
We spend most of our waking hours on the job, so it makes sense that looking after our well-being is something that we can and should attend to throughout the workday. August’s Wellness Month is a great time to start sending that message. Employers who do so will reap the benefits of a healthier and more engaged workforce all year long.
- World Economic Forum. It’s official: happy employees mean healthy firms. July 18, 2019.
- Paychex.com. Report: Over 60 percent of Employees Surveyed Indicate Well-being Support as Top Priority when Seeking Employment. December 15, 2021.
Original article by WebMD: August Is National Wellness Month: Let’s Make Well-Being a Priority All Year Long. Author: Kara Williams, Executive Director, Health Coaching.
Another article of interest:
Original article by National Day Calendar: National Wellness Month.