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Wellbeing and the Return to the Workplace

June 1, 2021 / Corporate Wellness

Written By: Jordan Dunne

Change isn’t easy for any person or institution. Businesses, employees, families, and children have dealt with so much ongoing change and uncertainty since COVID-19 arrived and effectively turned our worlds upside down. While some things are slowly returning to “normal,” everything continues to feel very different, and that’s presenting a new set of challenges for everyone. As COVID vaccination rates go up and case numbers decline, issues related to mental health and chronic disease are launching us into another state of emergency—and it’s impacting the global workforce.  

Employee wellbeing is now more important to our workforce than it has ever been before.  

This June 2021 marks our 13th annual Employee Wellbeing Month, an awareness month designed to spotlight the employer’s role in helping to create healthier, happier employees and human beings in all areas of life. What started as National Employee Wellness Month in 2009—a simple step-based challenge launched in partnership with the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance—is now a campaign ground in holistic wellbeing that addresses the full scope of health and wellbeing needs employees are facing today. 

The devastating events that took place over the past 18 months have taught us some important lessons about the critical need for more mental health, financial wellness, condition management, and social supports. Wellbeing is not a one-size-fits-all experience. Each member of your workforce has their own unique challenges, motivators, and abilities that impact their health and wellbeing needs.  

This year, Employee Wellbeing Month highlights Wellbeing and the Return to the Workplace, supporting Every One, Every Day, Every Way. After more than a year of working remotely, raising awareness about the individual strengths, struggles, and social determinants that impact an employee’s ability to achieve their optimal state of health and wellbeing is crucial to ensure a smooth transition. With the right approach, organizations can help make health equity a reality in the workplace, in the community, and across the globe. We’ve teamed up with 25+ of our integrated partners to provide organizations with the tips, tools, resources, and inspiration to address the new world of employee wellbeing. 

Ready to commit to #EmployeeWellbeingMonth? Download our Employee Wellbeing Month toolkit and follow along with our weekly actionable themes for a healthier, happier, more productive workforce through June and beyond.  

About The Author

Jordan Dunne is a copywriter and editor on the marketing team at Virgin Pulse, focusing on social strategy and health and wellbeing content. Outside of work, you can find her at the gym, hosting trivia, taking photos of food, or snuggling up on the couch with her dogs.

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