Research continues to show that traditional employee wellness programs (i.e., those focused on biomedical health risk reduction and incentive-based behavior modification) fail in terms of not lowering healthcare costs or producing an ROI. And the majority of employees significantly dislike these programs. In fact, the 2017/2018 Willis Towers Watson Global Benefits Attitudes Survey reported the Net Promoter Score (a widely used metric to gauge customer satisfaction and loyalty) for employee wellness programs to be lower than most industries.
Is the answer to simply give up and abandon wellbeing all together, or is there a better approach? We know from research on wellbeing, stress, employee engagement organizational performance and risk that wellbeing DOES matter; and it’s not just the job of a company’s wellness person or consultant. Our wellbeing is profoundly impacted by workplace culture, leadership practices and whether or not we are physically and psychologically safe. We’ve just been applying an over-simplified and siloed approach. We must uncouple it as an unfounded healthcare cost savings strategy and instead position it as part of the people development, onboarding, engagement and retention strategy. This inspiring and though-provoking session will have you rethinking the role of wellbeing at your workplace and how to support everyone in bringing their best selves to work – and home – each day.
- Describe the critical role wellbeing plays in organizational effectiveness and how we’ve gotten off-course.
- Define the roles that wellness, risk & safety, leadership, human resources and training & development in fostering thriving wellbeing.
- Identify how to align strategies to more effectively support people in bringing their best selves to work – and home – each day.