Choosing a Workplace Wellbeing Provider
Choosing a Workplace Wellbeing Provider
The workplace wellbeing industry has sparked a substantial change in how UK and Irish companies look after their employees. This couldn’t have come at a better time. In 2018, work-related stress, anxiety and depression accounted for 12.5 million lost working days annually, with the cost of poor mental health among employees costing companies between €33 and €42 billion. In response, these companies are becoming more educated about the real value of wellbeing for employees and they are looking to workplace wellbeing providers for answers. They want to find credible and effective Workplace Wellbeing Solutions that provide the necessary duty of care to employees, without losing focus on the business.
The Search for Wellbeing Expertise
One trend that has become less of a perk and more of a corporate social responsibility is the Workplace Wellbeing Programme. However, given that this is a sector where growth has been accelerated by technology, a key driver of success is having a Workplace Wellbeing Programme with innovation at its core. This can only be made possible by using an experienced Workplace Wellbeing Provider that can take the broad concept of Corporate Wellness and combine experience-led initiatives with personalised technology to create an easy-to-use Wellbeing Programme that works.
As wellbeing at work becomes the norm, it’s never been more important to offer employees the right level of Workplace Health and Wellbeing support. Here are a few essential traits to look out for when choosing an Employee Wellbeing Provider:
Choose a Provider That Delivers Bespoke Wellbeing
With the experience of health and wellness at work being unique to company and set of employees, it’s important that a workplace wellbeing provider doesn’t have an “out-of-the-box”, one size fits all approach. Your wellbeing programme needs to be tailored to the interests, abilities and health needs of employees, as well as the space you have, the schedules employees work to and so on.
It’s by breaking away from a one size fits all approach that a Corporate Wellbeing Provider can deliver a customised Wellbeing Programme, at the level of personalisation required to provide visible benefits to the company and a return on investment.
Makes It Easy for Employees
A Workplace Wellbeing Programme should not feel like a chore to employees. While all lifestyle changes require commitment, it’s important that it fits into our current routines well. An effective workplace wellbeing programme will be easy to fit into a schedule, be accessible in some capacity regardless of work-type and will transfer easily into their home life. Removing blocks, such as time and location, from using a Wellbeing Programme gives employees the opportunity to self-manage their own Workplace Health and Wellbeing, and more importantly, to base any decisions on personal choice and autonomy.
Helps Those in Charge
From a back-office perspective, a Workplace Wellbeing Provider should also be able to implement innovative technology that makes managing Corporate Wellness flexible and quick for Workplace Wellbeing Managers. They don’t want to have to contend with various vendors for different elements of workplace wellbeing; They need Wellbeing Software that allows them to book and manage all aspects of Workplace Wellbeing in one place, saving time and increasing efficiency.
Fits in With the Existing Business
An Employee Wellbeing Provider should also be able to implement an employer-branded web and mobile app, so that the Wellbeing Platform can seamlessly incorporate other complementary add-ons, such as the confidential support supplied by an Employee Assistance Programme, and other ad hoc Corporate Wellness events. From a business perspective, companies also want to find out from a Workplace Wellbeing Provider how to use the intuitive, real-time data generated from a Wellbeing Programme, to gain insight and knowledge of employee habits and improve the overall Corporate Wellness experience.
Creates Good Content in All Formats
If being informed is key to changing Corporate Wellness habits, a Workplace Wellbeing Provider should offer relevant and invaluable content. This means providing a library of digital content resources that cover programmes around nutrition, fitness and learning, covering topics such as mental health, sleep, parenting and behavioural change. However, it also extends to having access to a fully integrated wellness marketplace that employees want to be part of – one that provides access to hundreds of local, insured, highly qualified experts in mental health, fitness and nutrition. To ensure maximum employee engagement, content needs to be delivered digitally and onsite, via web, iOS and Android, or within seminars, workshops, classes and private consultations. In this modern age, it’s easy to see how technology can be implemented to change the way employees view Workplace Wellbeing. The same applies to good content.
Offers Professional Expertise on a Regular Basis
Being able to draw on the best-practice knowledge and expertise of a Corporate Wellness Provider regularly is so important to realise the full potential of a Wellbeing Programme. A Workplace Wellbeing Provider should have experienced teams in both wellness and tech to not only motivate employees and their families to make long-term behavioural changes, but keep a company on track to achieve their wellbeing targets.
Moves with the Times
Given that much of the success of a Wellbeing Programme still lies within the control of the employee, a Workplace Wellbeing Provider should continue to look at the latest approaches, technology and wellness initiatives, to find new ways to encourage, empower and motivate employees to achieve their Workplace Wellbeing goals.
Ultimately, an Employee Wellbeing Provider should be able to effectively equip companies with everything they need to support their employees on a long-term basis. When companies are able to successfully sell a lifestyle – beyond the provision of Corporate Wellness services, content and experiences – employees will make the personal connection necessary to improve their own Workplace Health and Wellbeing.
1: Health & Safety Initiative: Work related stress depression or anxiety statistics in Great Britain, 2018: Labour Force Survey.
2: Statistics from the Department of Work and Pensions: Thriving at Work Report: Analysis by Deloitte.
3: Global Wellness Institute: https://globalwellnessinstitute.org.
4: Global Wellness Institute: https://globalwellnessinstitute.org.