Why Employee Wellbeing Matters More Than Ever
May 28, 2020 / Corporate Wellness
Have you been checking in on your employees? No, we don’t mean on their work. We’re talking about their wellbeing. How are their stress levels? How are they sleeping? Are they staying active? Are they focusing on nutrition? How are they coping with change and finding work-life balance in this sudden and new routine? If your organization isn’t supporting the wellbeing of your employees, now is the time to start.
Employee Wellbeing Month was launched as National Employee Wellness Month in June 2009 by Virgin Pulse. Now in its 12th year, the awareness month has evolved just as the world of wellbeing has, focusing on all areas of employee’s health, including physical, mental, financial, sleep, and social wellbeing. In a post-COVID-19 world, the importance of employee wellbeing is more important than ever.
It’s no secret that good lifestyle habits lead to better health and that healthier employees can better serve your business— wellbeing-minded organizations lead to more productive, engaged workforces and create magnetic company cultures that drive recruitment and retention. But many business continue to struggle with integrating wellbeing into their organizational culture.
Employee Wellbeing Month provides employers with the tools they need to kickstart a culture of wellbeing—one that we hope will carry on long after June has ended. By partnering with other organizations, we compile a toolkit of content including email templates, activity suggestions, a wellbeing calendar, tips, and more, to spotlight the workplace’s role in helping to create healthier, happier employees and human beings, in all areas of life.
Despite the challenges we’ve faced, this year has inspired some exciting opportunities. For the first time in 12 years, Employee Wellbeing Month has gone international. We’ve also paired Employee Wellbeing Month with our first ever virtual Thrive Summit experience, THRIVEx, with an exciting lineup of keynote speakers, including Dr. David Katz, Matthew Walker, Laurie Santos and Dr. Marty Makary.
Across the globe, we’ve endured unexpected changes, uncertainty, stress and hardships. But through change, we thrive. And we hope that these efforts can help lead us to a healthier, happier, more connected future.