With remote working increasingly prevalent, and with many organisations having a presence in multiple countries, supporting remote workers and those in smaller satellite offices can be a problem. Keeping staff engaged and ensuring smaller remote teams receive adequate wellbeing support can be a huge challenge. Fear not, here are our 5 tips for implementing successful wellness strategies for remote workers and smaller satellite offices.
Successful wellness programmes usually have a couple of things in common. Firstly, they have specific outcome goals; they have been designed to tackle specific health and wellbeing issues that companies are facing. Without this direction, wellness programmes end up being, at best, a nice perk.
The second thing successful programmes have in common is that they have specific programme targets. These targets are the markers of how well the programme is being utilised. They guide the process of iteration when adjusting a programme to hit the outcome goals. If a programme is not having the desired effect and yet your programme targets have been met, it may well be an indicator that your programme needs to be more comprehensive.
Technology is playing an increasing role in our day-to-day lives, with the ability to track and analyse data on our health becoming a mainstay.
From Fitbits to Apple watches, staff can track how many steps they are taking, how often they move, their heart rate and food intake. The key question is, from a company perspective, what data can we best utilise to improve staff health, wellbeing, engagement and productivity?
In this first part we will be taking a look at one of our favourite pieces of wellness kit… heart rate variability monitors!
Recently the conversation about staff health has moved onto a discussion around sleep. People are becoming more aware of the need for a decent amount of quality sleep. Sleep affects mental and physical health and makes a huge difference to work performance. The question is, as an employer, what can we actually do about this?
We posed this question to one of our trusted partners, Raewyn Guerrero, Functional Medicine Coach, sleep expert and founder of Well Works.
Wellness days have been undertaken for many years with varying levels of success. They are usually a day set aside for the company to host talks, invite in benefits suppliers and staff come away with a goody bag from the local gym and a branded pen from the health insurance provider.
OK, so they’re not always that bad but I have attended my fair share, and some have been as ineffective as that. Let’s look at why some do work and why others are a waste of time and precious resources.
As our name suggests, at Tailored Fit we don’t believe in one-size-fits-all wellness programmes. Every company is different, so what works for one company may not work for another (however there are often common themes that will be seen from one company to the next!).
So here we will look at some anonymised data gathered at one company, along with the wellness programme designed to improve these metrics.
It’s fairly commonplace to have employee engagement surveys that are sent out once or twice a year, but how much are you actually doing with the data? Even if you are taking regular or real-time pulse surveys, it’s important to have a strategy in place for how you plan to implement in response to the data.
So, how can we use the data gathered to achieve insight and inform a strategic wellness programme that is designed to keep staff healthy, happy and engaged?
Musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace accounted for 35% of days lost in 2016/17 (HSE); the second highest after mental health. Whether staff are taking time off, or just distracted by pain while sitting at their desk, musculoskeletal issues have a huge impact on staff health and company productivity. The most common cause of issues is manual handling, but a large number of issues are caused from sitting in poor positions and/or just sitting for long periods of time. So, what can we do to improve the physical health of our staff?
Nutrition in a fundamental pillar of employee health but is often overlooked. The food that we eat each day is fundamental to our physical health as well as our mental wellbeing. Low energy, poor mood balance and the infamous post-lunch-slump can all be brought under control by good nutrition. The question is; how do employers empower their staff to make the best choices when it comes to nutrition?
On more than one occasion last year while consulting with companies I heard the phrase “we want our wellness programme to be inclusive”. I fully understand the sentiment; all staff are important and we want them to feel that way. So, let me play devil’s advocate here and propose why I think this mentality is reducing wellness levels and costing companies a lot of money.
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