The culture of a company is its greatest competitive advantage. It is the character and personality of the company that makes it unique. The culture is also the sum of their values, traditions, beliefs, interactions, behaviors, and attitudes. It is especially relevant that attracts and retains talent, promotes well-being and commitment and affects performance. Therefore, it is necessary to have a culture of wellness in a company.
A culture that is based on values such as trust and honesty. This is the basis for having a wellness environment and generate commitment.
Wellness is a key factor in improving employee engagement
For companies, incorporating health and well-being into their culture is not just a matter of choosing an appropriate wellness program, presenting a challenge to the team or changing the menu to a healthy one.
It is a matter of ensuring that health and well-being are at the core of the organization. It is about what the organization represents, what its mission is and how it expresses its approach to the care of its employees.
Modifying the business culture and introducing the concept of well-being is a significant change, but it can provide measurable benefits.
Companies with the seal of “The best place to work” with high levels of wellness increased in the stock market by 3% per year.
What is wellness?
Wellness includes the physical and mental health of people and the social/relationship aspects of their work environment. It is a fundamental driver to increase the commitment of workers to the company.
Creating a company culture around wellness means fostering a culture where people feel trustworthy, valued and respected. This does not always mean spending money.
Recognize the merits of good work, show appreciation and confidence by providing flexible work are free ways to achieve a work-life balance, which is a key factor in well-being.
If the work/life balance is not correct, employees do not feel respected, valued or treated fairly, they are likely to be discouraged and eventually leave the company.
As a result, organizations where culture is poor in these values are more likely to suffer lower levels of well-being.
While implementing wellness programs is important. They will be less effective if the culture of the organization is not aligned with the values and objectives that are to be disseminated with the measures taken by such programs.
How to introduce wellness into the culture of a company?
In order to create a healthy, high-performing workforce, companies must identify and address the factors that affect their employees and influence their health and well-being.
Incorporating wellness into the culture of an organization is not an easy and quick task. It needs its assimilation and adaptation process for all those involved in the company. In order to achieve this, it is essential to take into account the following factors:
1- Company culture and communication
First of all, to initiate cultural change, we must ensure that health and well-being are part of corporate values. It is also important that these values are clearly defined and communicated. Even something as small as “there is fruit service in weekly meetings”. Consequently, everything is important to communicate and why.
Each organization is a unique ecosystem in which each individual plays a role. Furthermore, employees need to know that their company cares about them and that they have implemented actions to improve their well-being. In this way, they will feel valued.
If we leave the human factor outside the commercial calculations, we will always fail.
3- Suitable work environment
Workers are the most important asset of a company and must provide the tools and conditions that allow employees to stand out. Therefore, create a healthy environment and your team will grow.
Companies must do whatever is necessary to make the office environment attractive to promote well-being. The office should be a place where employees want to work. Because they end each day with a sense of accomplishment, that their efforts count and they are valued.
Hence, every detail counts; coworking spaces for brainstorming or relaxing during breaks, adequate luminosity, organization, cleanliness…
4- Evaluate the interests of workers
Do not necessarily implement wellbeing solutions for employees. You have to show closeness and know what situation each employee is in. Show your interest by helping them to take action to achieve the goals that are important to them.
Seems like companies that put the wellness of their employees at the center of their organization will not only obtain the benefits themselves. but will also help create a better society for all.
Have you already incorporated well-being into your company culture? How did you do it?
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