Many factors can influence the well-being and health of employees at work. In 1948, the World Health Organization announced its position and said that health is not just the absence of disease; it also encompasses physical, mental and social well-being.
Depending on the model, wellness should be composed of five to nine separate components. All are important in improving the quality of life for your employees. We have analyzed these various elements and identified seven which apply particularly to employee wellness in a work environment. These include physical, financial, environmental, emotional, social, intellectual and moral wellness.
1. Physical Wellness
Move more, eat better
Physical wellness is probably the most obvious of the equation, the one that immediately comes to mind when you think of the concept of 'health', and this is no coincidence. All other wellness factors, first and foremost, result from physical health. It is fundamental to overall well-being. In general, this includes healthy eating, regular hydration, a frequent practice of physical activity, sleep quality, and proper posture to avoid back pain or injury.
2. Financial Wellness
Manage your personal finances
Financial stability is an essential element of corporate wellness. However, you should know that financial health is not synonymous with wealth. A healthy employee not only receives adequate financial compensation, but also has the knowledge and the tools to manage his or her finances. How can your employees be happy if they are not able to meet their needs or if they feel that their compensation is unfair? Financial wellness may also include job security, the perception of progress, or looking to the future of the organization.
3. Environmental Wellness
An inspiring environment
Environmental wellness includes all physical elements that allow your employees to be happy and to perform their work with greater efficiency. The quality of the work environment has a strong impact on the concentration, mood and propensity of your employees.
4. Emotional Wellness
A healthy mind in a healthy body
When your employees are healthy emotionally, they are more likely to make balanced choices. This means that they are in control of their emotions, less stressed and happier. In fact, according to Statistics Canada, 62% of employees say that work is their main source of stress.
5. Social Wellness
Office friends are important
Do your employees maintain simple and platonic relationships between colleagues or do they feed a deeper relationship closer to friendship? Social wellness is about the quality and authenticity of the relationships between colleagues. The cohesion of your teams allows your employees to increase their overall satisfaction with their environment and to improve the quality of their work. If your employees are well integrated socially, they have even more of a reason to love their work.
6. Intellectual Wellness
Never stop learning
Your employees have the need to accomplish things in their work and satisfy their intellectual curiosity. To some extent, the nature of the work itself has an important impact on this form of wellness. However, to motivate your employees from an intellectual point of view, they must feel that they are continuously learning and growing.
7. Moral Wellness
Sometimes referred to as spiritual wellness, moral wellness refers to the ability of employees to find meaning in what they do on a daily basis. Is there a connection between the work they do and a sense of fulfilment in their lives? Are their personal values reflected in the company's mission? Moral wellness can also be achieved by recognizing their contributions. Do your employees feel like they can make a real difference within the company? Frequent and relevant feedback encourages this sense of fulfilment in the workplace.