What is employee wellness?

Employee wellness relates to the physical and mental health and well-being of employees. Therefore, employee wellness initiatives are activities designed to improve employee wellness.

Employee wellness is already widely practiced by many companies. According to SHRM (2015), 80% of employers offer preventive wellness services and information.

300%: Average ROI of employee wellness programs according to a study done by Johnson & Johnson.


How to make the most of your employee wellness program?

  1. Take a holistic approach to reap the full benefits of employee wellness programs. According to Gartner, companies should see employee wellness initiative as an integral part of employee support program along with workforce management and talent management tools. Using a holistic strategy an employer may incorporate multiple activities around encouraging physical activities, diet, social activities, disease management and volunteering among employees. By taking care of employee wellness, companies can ensure employees can reach their full potential.
  2. Make employee wellness initiatives inclusive and engaging to mitigate the drop-out effects after early adoption. Use gamification and collaboration tools to increase adoption, and measure the impact of any initiatives deployed to help justify continued investment in the wellness strategy.
  3. Help employees get healthy by cultivating healthy habits. Use commonly available mobile and wearable technologies to facilitate collaboration and change the wellness behavior of employees. One innovation example: Muse, a wearable to cultivate mindfulness.
  4. There are many paths to wellness but which one works the best? “Wellness” means different things to different organizations and people, so it is important to listen to employees and tailor your programme to focus on what matters the most to your employees. To get more buy-in and adoption and crowd-source wellness ideas from your employees ask your employees for what they want.