Well-being generally means to be comfortable, healthy and happy. When a company starts to develop a wellness framework this meaning is likely to be central to its design.
When it comes to enjoyment of and participation in an average wellness framework, engagement levels can vary. Frustrating for the organisers for sure but why is that? If you take a look at a general sample of people, the word well-being has a very subjective meaning for each one:
- For parents of small children struggling to balance life and work, fitness may be a nice to have and somewhere on the priority list for this group just at this moment, a well-being program that incorporates some moments of quiet so they can hear themselves think plus a decent night’s sleep will be top of their agenda and create greater well-being engagement too;
- Young employees trying hard to get on the property ladder, pay ridiculous rents and meet outgoings will enjoy the benefits a movement class will offer but will also find a financial health workshop with guidance on how to become good with money, learn to save and/or deal with stress and anxiety quite engaging;
- Experienced members of your populations will enjoy movement and activity yet they may engage with the well-being space more fully when offered something a little different than the norm like a comedy night or art therapy workshop;
- Middle managers who are stuck and can’t move up to the next level of their career will benefit from all the menu of items on your well-being program, good line management and mentorship to provide direction and ease frustration and depression are however paramount;
- Perhaps older singletons in your number have great social lives but are disengaged with wellness and movement. They might find movement woo woo, considering it the preserve of their younger more flexible colleagues . A good start will be an accessible nutrition talk with doable actions. This will feel inclusive, meet them where they are at and engage them better with the movement elements of the program when they are ready.
From our surveys and our conversations with people, one thing is clear real wellness is a subjective thing. It can’t be preached to people who aren’t listening anyway. Well-being means real things and then different things to people at different points in their lives. The only real way to get to the bottom of it is to start the well-being conversations on a human to human level. When employees feel ‘seen’ they truly engage.
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