Should You be Doing More with Your Workplace Wellness System?

By Joyce Odidison

Apr 11

Here are Five Reasons to Expand Your Workplace Wellness System...

If you lead an organization, a team, or department, you will notice that employees’ needs, and stress levels are not what they used to be even five years ago. In case you are wondering if this is impacting your profitability the answer is yes. According to www.careerbuilder.com, 61% of employees are burned out on the job; and Workplace Safety and Prevention Services estimates that stress-related absences cost Canadian employers about $3.5 billion each year.

The world Health Organization has predicted that by 2020, one third of our workforce will be vulnerable to mental health disease; meaning they will have had it or are susceptible to it. Those statistics are the realities at work. Some key factors that are adding to the stress load at work are poor time management, communication, prioritization, and decision-making skills. Thus, we are all stressed out and overwhelmed, leading to many other health and wellness issues.

If you are considering whether to have a workplace wellness strategy that is comprehensive and inclusive of the whole employee well-being, then I encourage you to do so. Workplace wellness systems serve to improve the mental well-being of your employees, allowing them to build resilience and maintain their mental and emotional wellness. It also increases their level of productivity as well as revitalize your workplace system to be more responsive and empowering.

A comprehensive wellness system blends fluidly with other programs and services in your organization to ensure people are not falling through the crack. Here are five main reasons why you should consider a workplace wellness system.

  1. Deal with the impact of Change – Change is eminent for all growing and thriving workplaces, change is synonymous to growth. As such you will need a workplace wellness system that supports employees with the emotional, social, and mental challenges of change and the growth of your organization.
  2. Recover quickly from transition – While change is difficult the transition to change takes a lot of mental and emotional energy, this can greatly impact employees’ well-being, your workplace wellness system should meet those needs to ensure you aren’t faced with increases stress leave and high turnover. Too often suicide and mental health disease results when these issues are left unaddressed.
  3. Deal with downsizing, Rapid Growth, or Interpersonal Conflicts – If you have downsized your organization then you will know that you must revitalize your workforce to move people from the place of fear and uncertainty to kickstart their creativity again. Often, employees who remain will experience a sense of loss due to co-workers who have left, while also feeling overwhelmed with their new duties and added responsibilities; often being asked to do more with less. A wellness system will restore hope and encourage a new mindset for growth and prosperity.
  4. Heal or Revitalize your workplace after merger or acquisition – The fears of having a new owner, ne boss or a whole new company merged with yours brings with it much upset, displacement, and anxiety and at time anger due to displacement. Having an internal workplace wellness system that can address these needs and help your employees to cope, adjust, ask questions and yes to vent is a very healthy process. It’s a great way to prevent resentment from building up and it fosters relational well-being at work.
  5. Build Resilience – Resilience is a process of recovering or bouncing back from the stresses and difficulties of work and life., Today, employees face so many more hardships in their personal life and in their work that they do need help from the workplace to cope; while it’s good to be sympathetic to employee needs, as an employer you do need them to produce, thus it is important that you provide them with a the tools to get things back together so they can concentrate on work. Let’s face it, employees are facing more challenges in their personal lives than ever thus, it is important than ever that employers provide them with the help they need to stay well at work and yes in their lives as well.

At Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc, we proved a comprehensive, competency based, multi-dimensional system to help improve the wellness of employees and the organizational system. Our comprehensive process can be implemented in 90 days, to allow our workplaces with an easy to install framework that we can support them to customize over the first year of installation.

We are inviting organizations to join the global workplace wellness conversation. Would you consider hosting a workplace wellness round table to discuss workplace wellness strategies with other local companies, or if there is interest in presenting at our upcoming Global Workplace Wellness Summit in November of 2018 in San Mateo, California. Click the link to book your free strategy call.

If you have determined that you want to save the high cost of employee low performance and disengagement that comes from a lack of a wellness system at work, look no further. Download the 90-Day Wellness Framework and call us to book your free strategy session to evaluate your current workplace wellness system or to get help to expand your current workplace wellness offerings.

To your wellness,

Joyce Odidison

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About the Author

Joyce Odidison is a Conflict Analyst, Coach, and founder of Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc. & Coaching Institute. She consults, teaches and coaches with mid-career professionals and organizations to improve performance within the workplace. She can be reached at admin@interpersonalwellness.com or by phone at: 1-877-999-9591.

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