The world of work is changing: the belief that you can switch off as soon as you leave the workplace is becoming a distant memory as technology brings work into our home and personal lives.
But although our jobs have become increasingly demanding, preventing us from ever truly switching off, nothing has changed to the way we treat ourselves. We are constantly pushing ourselves to breaking point and not taking the time to look after our minds and bodies.
Your company wouldn't encourage all employees to work with computers without having an on-going IT maintenance strategy in place, so why shouldn't the same apply to your workforce? The soaring pressures of the 24/7 work culture means there is a growing need for us to maintain and take care of our employees health and wellbeing.
After all, if our bodies are performing well, we perform well at work and, as a result, our business performs well.
Turning good intentions into a better performing business
At Simplyhealth, we define good workplace health and wellbeing as having employees who are fit, healthy and happy. They, and your business, are therefore able to get the most out of their working day, every day.
Introducing a health and wellbeing strategy to your business is the first step to helping your employees to feel and perform well. Our Simplyhealth Health and Wellbeing Benefits Guide 2017 recently found that 81% of organisations say they have a health and wellbeing strategy in place.
However, a staggering 56% of those organisations say they 'don't know' what the top three health and wellbeing priorities are for their employees. This only hammers home how it is essential that you listen to your employees. A 'one size fits all' approach just doesn't work for health and wellbeing.
In the current climate, it is likely that your business will employ people of varying ages and in different life stages - meaning they will all have very different needs. Luckily, there are a variety of cost effective health and wellbeing employee benefits which will enable you to meet the ever changing needs of your workforce. This can include gym membership subsidies for the fitness conscious, health cash plans for those wanting to gain fast access to everyday healthcare, or healthy eating options to empower employees to make the right food choices for their wellbeing.
Perform well. Everyday
But it isn't just about offering a huge suite of health and wellbeing benefits to your employees.
Quality is definitely better than quantity, so it is essential that you offer the right benefits package to suit your workforce and annually re-evaluate your offering. Most essentially, you need your employees to fully utilise the benefits you offer for your workforce to fulfil their full potential. Communication is king when it comes to engaging your employees. And you don't have to go it alone.
Typically, good benefits providers will support you with marketing materials, measurement tools, and best practice examples to help you introduce your new benefit to your workforce. And it doesn't stop there.
Regularly reminding employees of the benefits they can utilise and how it can support them to feel better and perform well in their everyday work and home life will help your entire business to reap the rewards of the health and wellbeing strategy.
To help you to build, introduce or improve your business' health and wellbeing strategy, we spoke to over 500 employee benefits experts and more than 2,300 employees to create our Simplyhealth Health and Wellbeing Benefits Guide.