Why Wellness Matters

By: Bethany Whitted

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Human beings are incredibly complex, and each aspect of our wellness is interconnected with the others.  

It can be easy to adopt a mindset that wellness conversations belong outside of the workplace. Many believe that individual employees should make their own decisions about how much to exercise, how much sleep to get, etc. And while we don’t recommend mandating triathlons, providing employees with tools and encouragement to become healthier humans is an all-around business win.  

Why should a company be concerned with employee wellness? Companies who understand the relationship between worker health and worker output have a competitive advantage. 

You can think of wellness like a table with four legs. Each leg is imperative to the structure of the table. The legs of wellness are mental, physical, social, and spiritual/emotional. By caring for each aspect of wellness, we can find more balance, productivity, and meaning in our lives.  

Mental.  

Anxiety and depression rates have skyrocketed in the past decade. These increasingly common mental health struggles have major implications on employee output. No one can do their best work when their mental health is suffering. Companies who offer resources such as professional counseling not only serve their people, but the return on this kind of investment is astounding for both the output of employees and the culture of the workplace. 

Physical.  

Attending employees’ physical health during work hours is a legal obligation. OSHA gives us guidance on physical health at work. Beyond work, however, we can also encourage healthy habits for employees. Consider rewarding regular health check-ups and providing a free gym membership to employees. Perhaps your company can organize employee groups who challenge and hold each other accountable to fitness goals.  

Social. 

We are better when we’re connected. Even the most introverted among us need social connection. Providing opportunities for social interaction between employees facilitates company morale and motivation. On the contrary, loneliness is devastating for wellbeing and productivity. For more on social health, see this blog. 

Emotional. 

Of the four legs, emotional health is the most taboo subject in organizations due to how vulnerable and misunderstood it can be. However, it’s still deeply important. Our minds work much better when we experience positive emotions. Facilitating emotional health can be as simple as encouraging employees to think of things they are grateful for. At Titus, we hold companywide “huddles” where we have everyone share how things are going in life. Every so often, we have “shout-out huddles” where employees shout-out a coworker who helped them in some way that week. These simple routines encourage emotional health which allows employees to do their best work. 

Wrapping up. 

Promoting employee wellness in all of the 4 aspects of health is an important practice for organizations who want to get the most out of their people. When we encourage employees to pursue health outside of the workplace, we can be sure to get a better version of themselves at work.  

If you’d like to learn more about employee wellness and the impact of a people first culture and how empathetic management fosters employee connection then we’d love to connect, our door is always open. Click here to start the conversation. 

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