16 November 2022
Continued talk of recession mixed with the lingering effects of The Great Resignation and the new wave of “Quiet Quitting”, is pushing the already pressing need for employee wellbeing programs up the list of importance for organizations worldwide. Currently, 63% of senior HR leaders rated employee wellbeing and mental health as top priorities.1
To get teams back on track, companies are flocking to pre-picked “solutions” like meditation, sleep, and nutrition apps—but forcing employees to fix their own wellbeing, on their own time, through programs that don’t touch on the root cause of their problems isn't solving anything. It’s actually doing the opposite.
Instead, the focus should be on developing the right conditions at work to help your people flourish.
One reason why wellbeing programs fail to deliver results is because businesses end up investing in the wrong place. The trend we’re seeing in our research shows organizations choosing wellbeing programs that focus more on how to reverse burnout outside of work instead of solutions to beating burnout at work.
Meditation apps, sleep apps, and paid yoga classes are great perks, but their impact is marginal at best. What’s worse is they fall outside of work and those who need it most don't benefit. One study found around 80% of the employees who signed up for a Wellbeing program dropped out within 6 months. The dropout rate was significantly higher for those who worked long hours and earned less.
On the other hand, statistical analyses show at least 23% of employees who do sign up are the ones who need it least: they are already working shorter hours, exercising more frequently and earning higher salaries than their colleagues.2
In order to have a meaningful, sustainable impact on the wellbeing, companies need to focus on employees’ life at work. This is where they can truly make a difference and have the greatest impact on the wellbeing of as many employees as possible.3
Protecting and promoting wellbeing starts with knowing and understanding the five drivers of wellbeing at work: certainty, competence, autonomy, belonging, and purpose.
Wellbeing at work, or as we call it at MindGym, Wellworking involves three strategies, each targeting a different wellbeing objective: Recover, Reinforce, and Reignite.
By learning how to embed these three strategies into the flow of work while focusing on the key drivers of wellbeing, we can work in ways that are not only sustainable, but which drive more positive outcomes for both the individual and the business over time.
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If you're a leader passionate about ending the #burnout cycle, please join one of our two upcoming virtual learning sessions on wellbeing on 24 January 2023.
These sessions will expose the route to enhancing wellbeing at your organisation amid the burgeoning burnout cycle that’s ripping through workplaces worldwide.
Secure your place now on the EMEA session at 2PM GMT or the US session at 2PM ET.