Employee engagement and wellness tend to go together, resulting in higher states of involvement and productivity. A work environment that fosters employee development and relationship building is a key contributor to higher levels of productivity. This is especially evident when an employee is in good health and maintains work/life balance. Wellness is a fundamental building block of human performance, not just physical performance. Engaged employees go the extra mile and this requires sufficient energy and stamina. These basic conditions in a supportive environment create a spiral of positivity and productivity, reversing disengagement, absences from work and resignations.
Prevention strategies to foster a culture of wellness are worth the investment given that improvement in the work climate can be substantial. The return on investment (ROI) can be tracked through HR metrics and employee feedback surveys. Getting started is easy – select a champion and several like-minded individuals and give them the reins. A first task is to seek employee advice through focus groups or an employee survey about their interests and the support they need. One early solution, at minimal or zero cost, might be to partner with community health providers to provide education and literature support. It is worth thinking about the “shot in the arm” that an employee wellness plan can add to your engagement strategies.