We believe in a comprehensive approach to wellness, which encompasses four dimensions: physical, emotional, social and financial.
At Aflac, we know doing the right thing is good for business, and we do that every day by investing first in our Aflac family. In both Japan and the U.S., the company strives to develop an engaged employee culture by supporting career development, emphasizing work-life balance, listening to our employees' feedback and ideas, and ensuring we show our appreciation for their hard work.
The Center for Creative Leadership once observed that, in a crisis, “People are overwhelmed with the amount of information coming at them. They’re on the lookout for essential information that can help”—yet often lack time to digest it. Arguably that’s now true on many “normal” days.
Widespread remote and hybrid work have introduced plenty of conveniences. But there have been complications, too. Collaboration and teambuilding may require more intentional arrangements. Some employees can feel isolated and alone, or unhealthy and unseen. All these add to the stresses of coping with a workplace transformed by the new technology and routines of a global shift.
Here’s how to help reduce your employees’ stress on the job:
1. Try to ease workloads and make remote and hybrid work easier.
World events can make us feel like life is spinning out of control. Relaying solid facts, staying calm, and putting major issues in context for your business can help employees better handle stress in the workplace.
Effective crisis communication can reassure employees who are barraged daily by a dizzying array of international news, public health emergencies, and political debate.
If your business has an EAP provider (tens of thousands of Principal clients do through Magellan Healthcare), you may not realize all the well-being resources you can access through the program.
“There’s a whole variety of life assistance available,” says Dr. Steven E. Pratt, senior medical director for Magellan Healthcare and its overall individual member base of 13.8 million. “We have a vast array of those kinds of services, such as finding childcare.”
Pandemic turmoil, coupled with a painstakingly gradual return to more normal routines, has taken a toll on our collective mental health.
Dr. Steven E. Pratt, senior medical director for Magellan Healthcare, says the managed health care company (providing services to many Principal® clients) felt that toll on workers nationwide early in the pandemic. Magellan saw a 42% increase in members seeking phone or videoconference coaching—mostly for managing stress and staying motivated—through its employee assistance program (EAP) in 2020 compared to 2019.1
August 11, 2021 /3BL Media/ - As office spaces begin to reopen across the globe, employees may not be returning to the same office space they left back in the spring of 2020. Some employees may not be returning at all as they shift to permanent remote working arrangements. Many companies are adopting a flexible hybrid working model that allows employees to work remotely a few days per week. Additionally, employees may no longer have an assigned desk or workspace within the office.
Gildan’s employee wellness programs for mental health
Gildan’s commitment to employee wellness and health covers a broad scope of Company actions, including those aimed at supporting employees by encouraging healthy lifestyles through Gildan’s various employee wellness programs. As part of this effort, Gildan introduced its Saving Our Family program, an initiative designed to help employees embrace personal growth and take hold of their lives by providing them with mental health support through counselling and other resources.
Despite this being a year that will go down as memorable for all of the wrong reasons, 2020 will also be remembered as a time where we stepped up to take care of one another.
In the face of the pandemic and national unrest, organizations have begun to place a greater emphasis on the mental health of their employees. After all, no matter the size, industry or scale, a company’s people are its most vital assets.
GAITHERSBURG, Md., Sept. 26, 2019 /3BL Media/-- Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company committed to improving Quality of Life, announced today that it has been named by The National Business Group on Health’s 2019 Best Employers: Excellence in Health & Well-Being list as a gold level award winner. Special recognition was also awarded for linking health and well-being to business performance.