The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted daily life and is taking its toll on everyone. Physical, emotional and financial stresses are heightened, and now more than ever leaders need to demonstrate their commitment to employees’ overall well-being. To support our clients as they navigate this time, ABD kicked off its return to workplace webinar series with our first session – Support Employee Well-Being. Attendees gathered insights on the individualized well-being factors of employees and how to prepare for returning to our respective workplaces.
Chana Anderson, CCP, PHRca, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Senior Vice President and Practice Leader, of ABD’s HR Services Practice moderated the session, engaging Robyn Cross, Assistant Vice President and Senior Specialist Consultant for ABD’s Occupational Health & Safety Team, Camille Bouvet, CFP®, Senior Consultant for ABD’s Retirement Services Practice, and Marina Galatro, PHRca, SPHR, SHRM-CP, Executive HR Consultant for ABD’s HR Services Practice, in a candid discussion about supporting employees’ well-being, guiding attendees on how to help employees feel connected in the workplace, with or without a global pandemic around us.
People often think about wellness as physical, however, wellness is more than nutrition, exercise, and weight management. Wellness encompasses eight mutually interdependent dimensions, each requiring attention over time to maintain health, well-being, and quality of life. Ranging from physical to emotional, environmental, social, and financial, wellness is different to everyone, so each dimension may be maintained differently – each do not need to be equally balanced. Our panelists touched upon various maintenance “exercises” and how employers can adapt to the needs of employees.
Eight Dimensions of Wellness:
Our panelists shared a few key stats with attendees, as none were shy about their love of data!
- 1 in 5 people in the US experience mental health issues. May is Mental Health Month and early research is showing that the current public health crisis is impacting mental well-being.
- 6 in 10 people experience chronic conditions, with arthritis being at the top of the list.
- Employees are 8 times less likely to finish a task on time if distracted by financial worry.
Key takeaways for employers to focus on:
- Seek feedback: Employers can help employees feel connected by seeking feedback, whether through surveys, manager check ins or peers – encourage continual touchpoints.
- Diversity is key: Form your Wellness Committee with representatives across multiple disciplines – from HR / People Operations to Facilities, Risk Management, Team Leaders and more. Wellness looks different to everyone, a diverse population will help to better understand the needs of your group.
- Leverage vendors: Now is the time to leverage vendors – your 401(k) provider, medical plan provider, your Employee Assistance Program (EAP), your insurance broker – all have free or low-cost options for helping you manage employee well-being.
For those who were not able to join us, or if you would like to revisit, click here for the webinar audio and slides.
Visit the ABD COVID-19 Portal to register for upcoming webinars in our Moving Forward Together: Return to Workplace Series.
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