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.”
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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.”
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