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Employee Wellness

Do employees know about your wellness program?

A recent study by the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that more than three-quarters of employers reported successful results from their health and wellness programs. Yet surprisingly, less than half of employees knew their company had such a program.

The disconnect could be a matter of poor communication. Even though 80.6 percent of employers surveyed said they offered wellness programs, just 45 percent of employees reported being offered one. Still, employers with wellness programs said they had experienced benefits from their efforts, including:

  • Improved worker health (83.6 percent)
  • Increased productivity (83.3 percent)
  • Improved health care costs (73.6 percent)

Communicating the details of wellness programs to employees can help your company increase participation and return on investment. Findings from the study also indicate that wellness programs are more likely to succeed when managers support and participate in the programs, and when companies create a supportive environment that is conducive to good health.


Preparing for Gen Z in the workplace

It’s time for companies to prepare for the next generation of employees: Generation Z. Made up of more than 2.5 billion digital savvy adults, Gen Zers (born between the mid-1990s and early 2000s) bring a new set of skills, experiences and interests to today’s multi-generational workforce – along with new challenges.

Here are 10 ways companies can plan now for Gen Z’s arrival, according to Forbes’ article “10 Ways to Prepare for Gen Z in the Workplace.”

  1. Share and care. Find ways to show employees that you care about their future at your company as well as their personal growth.
  1. Let them do their own work. Let them take on projects and own them, even if it’s on a small scale.
  1. Offer feedback. Don’t micromanage, but do check in. Setting up regular conversations with Gen Z employees will help them feel more secure in their roles – and show them you care about their professional growth.
  1. Eliminate distractions. Some studies show that Gen Zers have short attention spans. Help them focus by teaching the value of “single tasking” over multi-tasking.
  1. Give them their own voice. Encourage them to share their insights and ideas. Your organization will gain a fresh perspective, and employees will feel heard.
  1. Create a community. Implementing sustainable practices and playing a role in your local communities shows socially conscious Gen Zers that your company walks the talk.
  1. Initiate face-to-face meetings. Face-to-face contact is important to this generation, which wants to be social at the office.
  1. Give them room to grow. Keep Gen Zers engaged by encouraging them to think beyond their job descriptions and work on “passion projects,” even on company time.
  1. Provide meaningful benefits. Offer more than fun perks, including benefits such as health care, 401(k)s and tuition reimbursement.
  1. Discuss the meaning of work. Show them how they fit into bigger company goals to boost motivation and company loyalty.