Why is wellness important in the workplace?


Hannah Millist

October 9, 2023

Did you know that three-quarters of all employees say they suffer moderate to high levels of stress at work and yet, half of UK companies don’t have a proper wellbeing strategy to tackle it?

If that’s you, then fear not!

In this blog, we will 

  • Delve into what a workplace wellbeing strategy is.
  • Give you a handy template to help you audit your current programme.
  • Give you a step-by-step process for building a comprehensive workplace wellbeing strategy. 
  • Explain why wellbeing is important for overall organisational success.

What is a workplace wellbeing strategy?

Workplace wellbeing strategies refer to programmes and initiatives aimed at promoting the physical and mental health of employees within an organisation.

They should cover four main areas:

  • Mental wellbeing
  • Social wellbeing
  • Physical wellbeing
  • Financial wellbeing

For each area, you should ensure that you look at short-term solutions that can help you intervene in a crisis, as well as long-term preventative solutions. 

Achieving workplace wellness involves a multifaceted approach. There is no single magic bullet, but incorporating a number of different solutions will help to achieve workplace wellness. 

A proper strategy involves:

  • Selecting the right solutions for your company. 
  • Integrating them with a robust programme of support. 
  • Developing processes that will measure employee wellbeing, pick up any issues and then pass information on to organisations that can provide the support needed. 

How to achieve workplace wellness

So, how can you go about building a robust workplace wellbeing strategy? 

The first stage is to audit your existing wellbeing programme. To help you, we have created a handy wellbeing strategy toolkit. The toolkit includes:

  • audit template
  • a step-by-step guide on how to build a wellbeing strategy for your workplace

Download the toolkit here.

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Why is wellness important in the workplace?

Workplace wellness is not just about providing gym memberships or healthy snacks; it encompasses a holistic approach to employee wellbeing solutions. 

In the UK, more and more companies are saying they care about wellbeing, but only about half of them have a proper strategy for it.

And here's the kicker - wellbeing is taking a hit. According to a study by Harvard Business Review, 85% of those surveyed say their wellbeing has declined since the Covid-19 pandemic started.

So, why should employers look to improve their employee’s wellbeing through a wellness programme?

1. It improves productivity

Firstly, promoting workplace wellness and wellbeing is vital because it directly impacts overall organisational success. Basically, a healthy workforce is less prone to absenteeism and burnout and therefore more productive.

2. It improves retention

It fosters a positive company culture by demonstrating the employer's commitment to the wellbeing of its staff, enhancing employee morale and loyalty. This helps support your efforts to retain your top talent.  

3. It can help you save money

In the long run, employee wellness benefits can include cost savings. With the average employer spending £3,000 and nearly a month’s worth of time to bring in a new employee, it makes good business sense to prioritise wellness in the workplace in an effort to retain staff. 

​​Prioritise workplace wellness for long-term success

Wellness in the workplace is not a luxury; it's a necessity. 

EAPs and innovative tools like MyMindPal are instrumental in promoting mental health and wellbeing among employees. By prioritising wellness, organisations can create a positive, productive, and resilient workforce. 

Remember, a healthy workforce is the backbone of a successful organisation, and investing in their wellbeing is an investment in your company's future.