Wellbeing: What's in a Name?

The Merriam-Webster English Dictionary defines “wellbeing” as “the state of being happy, healthy and prosperous.”

Happy. Healthy. Prosperous.

If you’re considering starting, or working to revamp, your employee wellbeing program, it’s time to start to consider the real meaning of the word “wellbeing” as it falls into the title of your program. Take a look at the true definition of wellbeing and broaden the scope of your program to include all-encompassing components that can help your employees live well – in more than just a single area of their lives.

With this strategy in mind; consider these additions to your program:

Mindfulness/Mental Health

Laura Guerra, Sales Director at WHIL, a B2B digital wellbeing, resilience and mindfulness                   training platform, said, “Mental health conditions are rapidly spreading. People are anxious, more depressed, they’re worrying more.”

The brain is one of the largest organs in the human body and it should be treated as such - meaning, why not encourage your employees to take care of it just like you would encourage them to care for their heart or their lungs through exercise.

Financial Health

Seventy percent of HR professionals report that financial issues impact employee performance.

As employees financially plan for everything from big life changes (like the purchase of the home, adding children to their families or retirement) to smaller, yet important changes (vacations and education), it’s important they be ready and able to make the best decisions – as these decisions are ones that can impact them for a lifetime. 

While money doesn’t equal happiness, understand how it should be taken care of and feeling secure in decisions and plans surrounding its usage, certainly can play a role in it.

Information

“But I feel healthy,” is something that many people profess to their doctors, but, unfortunately, that’s not always the case. The addition of components like health risk assessments (HRAs) and biometric screenings give employers the data to build a strong foundation of population health at their workplace and a strategy to help make that foundation even stronger.

Fitness & Movement

If your employee wellbeing program already contains mindfulness/mental health, financial health and information, the fitness and movement component is the cherry on top. From step challenges to healthy eating programs and everything in between, fitness and movement programs not only encourage physical health in employees themselves, but also engage employees to interact with each other and participate towards a common goal.

“[Wellbeing] is holistic and no longer a “Biggest Loser” – type contest,” DHS Group VP of Employer Solutions Rich Siegenthaler, said. “It encompasses mind, body and spirit.”

Are you ready to help it do just that?


DHS Group’s team is ready to help you make sure your wellbeing program includes all the important components to ensure healthy, happy and prosperous employees. To get started building your program, contact us here.