What is an integrated approach to wellbeing and why does it matter?
An integrated approach to wellbeing takes into account multiple areas of employees’ lives including their physical health, family wellbeing, community attachments, career aspirations, and sense of purpose. An integrated whole-person approach has many advantages both to employees and employers. It can elevate a regular wellbeing program to the next level and have a powerful impact on employees, organizations and communities.
Here are three specific reasons why an integrated approach to wellbeing is better than having only health and fitness programs at the workplace.
- Shifts the focus from employer to employees: Traditional programs that focus on workplace health and fitness have helped tens of thousands of employees to improve their health. However, such programs have been primarily motivated by savings in health claim costs for the employer. By taking an integrated approach that cares about the whole person and positively impacts multiple areas of a person’s life, the focus of the wellbeing program shifts to employees and their overall wellbeing. It helps the employees feel more valued and motivated when they know their employers truly care about them.
- Shapes the culture from the ground up: Wellbeing programs create highly synergetic and cohesive teams that consist of mindful and collaborative members. An effective wellbeing program is also a great opportunity for talent acquisition and retention, leading to better stability and productivity outcomes for the organization.
- Has long-lasting impacts on productivity: Caring for the wellbeing of your employees can not only transform their lives in extraordinary ways but also create a high-performance workforce that delivers impactful results on productivity. The wellbeing of your workforce can empower your business to grow confidently and deliver consistent and impactful results, year after year.
The advantages of an integrated wellbeing program can not be overstated. We would love to know what approach your company takes when it comes to wellbeing programs. Do the programs focus on improving health and fitness or do they care more about the overall wellbeing of employees? Talk to us in the comments section!