Employee wellbeing: provide programs or initiatives to support the wellbeing of employees.
To what extent does your organisation signal its commitment to employee wellbeing?
Ricardo Semler puts forward some novel ideas around employee wellbeing in this TED Talk. Semler is the CEO of Semco Partners, one of the largest companies in Brazil. He is also the author of Maverick, Managing with People in Mind, and The Seven-day Weekend.
Are corporate wellness programs making people worse? Researchers Andre Spicer and Carl Cederström explore how our current approaches to wellness may be resulting in guilt, reduced productivity, and a number of other outcomes that actually make us less healthy and more anxious. This will be an interesting read for practitioners involved in wellness programs at their organisations.
Historically, employee wellness programs have been viewed as an extra benefit to employees, rather than a strategic imperative to the business. But research suggests that the ROI on comprehensive, well-run employee wellness programs can be impressive, and sometimes as high as six to one. In this article, authors Berry, Mirabito, and Baun explain that the most successful wellness programs are supported by six essential pillars: engaged leadership at multiple levels; strategic alignment with the company’s identity and aspirations; a design that is broad in scope and high in relevance and quality; broad accessibility; internal and external partnerships; and effective communications.
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