THRIVEx 2021: Reflecting for Good
May 14, 2021 / Employee Engagement
Over the last year, it’s become apparent that COVID-19 isn’t the only pandemic we’re facing. The diminishing health of our workforces due to chronic disease, health inequity, and declining mental health has come to the surface, requiring the urgent attention of employers, institutions, healthcare providers, and the global workforce. At Virgin Pulse, we know that Connecting for Good is an effective way to combat these dueling pandemics.
This May 11th-13th, more than 3,000 workplace leaders, HR teams, healthcare professionals, wellbeing coordinators, and employees from across the globe joined us for THRIVEx 2021. Throughout this immersive virtual experience, attendees heard from industry experts and thought leaders, and discovered how to take on today’s most important workplace issues for a healthier, more resilient future.
As we reflect on the insights shared at THRIVEx 2021 and the challenges that have transpired since the arrival of COVID-19, both the employer-employee relationship and how we view health and wellbeing have evolved. We know employee wellbeing is an essential business strategy; however, to effectively address the chronic disease burden, mental health crisis, and health disparities impacting workforces today, the role of employee wellbeing is more important now than ever.
“The pandemic taught us that our health care system was woefully unprepared for anything that would show its fragility, which this was.” – Dr. Zubin Damania (ZDoggMD)
Our top 5 THRIVEx takeaways:
- The institutional systems and employment policies contribute to the economic, racial, and health disparities that are hurting our communities today. To achieve health equity, organizations must address systemic racism, discrimination, and unconscious bias to ensure that their employee wellbeing initiatives are appropriate for and accessible to all employee populations.
- We’re facing dueling pandemics—COVID-19 and chronic disease. While coronavirus vaccines will help us return to a more normal life, we still need to address the larger, long-term health consequences of delaying care during the pandemic. We must reevaluate our daily behaviors to manage, prevent, and reverse the onset of chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes, obesity, and heart disease, which make us more susceptible to future infectious disease outbreaks.
- Access to population health data across members is crucial to understanding and supporting the most urgent needs of each unique individual served. By integrating engagement tools—along with robust condition management and AI learning processes—into one digital platform, organizations and healthcare providers can better understand current risk and future opportunities for people susceptible to certain conditions.
- The mind and the body are connected, working together to define health and wellbeing. This connection further emphasizes the importance of supporting mental health in the workplace to reduce stress, increase resilience, boost productivity, and improve the workforce’s overall health.
- As the prevalence of long-term stress, burnout, chronic disease, mental health issues, and substance abuse continues to rise, social connections and one-on-one interactions play a crucial role in health interventions. Digital health tools are practical, but a combination of high-tech and high-touch approaches are needed to support employees and members fully.
In order to recover and rebuild, we need a collective approach to health and wellbeing. Organizations who want to truly establish a culture of health, diversity, equity, inclusion, and resilience can’t pick and choose which areas of wellbeing in which to invest. Addressing ongoing global health crises requires smart, digital innovation that meet your dispersed workforce’s unique and ever-evolving needs.
THRIVEx sessions and keynotes underscored the importance of a unified, simplified solution that harnesses human-centered design to deepen social connections, leverage data to drive meaningful health outcomes, seamlessly connect members to their health and benefits, and effectively support chronic condition management…all while reducing administrative burden. In other words, it’s time to build your Homebase for Health®.
“Wellbeing needs to do more than ever done before. We are positioning ourselves to have the highest engagement with members, focusing on health every day and combining that with directing people to the right care and the right benefits at the right time.” – David Osborne, CEO, Virgin Pulse
It’s incredible how much we’ve learned over just three days at THRIVEx. We couldn’t have done it without our amazing keynote speakers, our partners, our clients, and those exploring Virgin Pulse for their own organizations. We look forward to Connecting for Good with you in the near future.