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From Wellness to Well-being: Employers Moving Beyond Physical Health

Many workplace wellness programs focus primarily on physical health indicators – helping employees quit smoking, increase exercise, and lower weight, blood pressure and cholesterol.

But a new movement is on the horizon, one that still focuses on sound physical health, while also considering an employee’s mental, social and financial health – all those other areas of life that can hold people back from doing their best.

“(Well-being is) how I think my life is going, my perception, whether it’s fulfilling and satisfied,” said Cindy Bjorkquist, Director of Well-being at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. “You can … have all your biometrics completely within the normal ranges, but you may have the perception of an extremely unsatisfying and negative life.”

Bjorkquist shared her thoughts about the well-being movement on the most recent episode of the A Healthier Michigan Podcast, hosted by Chuck Gaidica. Listen to the full episode here.

Employers are starting to offer financial workshops, mindfulness courses and resources to improve their employees’ emotional and mental health. Bjorkquist said it’s a smart move that more companies should think about implementing as it builds a more resilient workforce.

“That will translate to you being at a higher sense of well-being, which means you’re going to be a happier person,” she explained. “A happier person is more productive in their life, both at work and at home.”

Like what you’ve read? Head on over to the A Healthier Michigan Podcast page to listen to the full episode and hear other words of wisdom from Bjorkquist and other featured podcast guests.

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