Corporate Training Trends: Workplace Wellbeing

Workplace wellbeing has become an increasingly popular – and necessary – topic of conversation among organizational leaders. With the impact of COVID-19, among other factors, it’s no surprise that it is also a quickly-evolving corporate training trend.

Pizza parties and basic healthcare benefits no longer cut it when it comes to cultivating an organizational culture where employees can truly thrive. Companies are finally waking up to the fact that if they want to compete in today’s market and retain their team members, they must truly invest in their team holistically.  A healthy workforce is a productive one, after all.

Today, we’ll take a dive into one of many evolving corporate training trends – workplace wellbeing – and what wellness training can look like in action!

What is workplace wellbeing?

Before we go into workplace wellbeing as a corporate training trend, let’s first unwrap what workplace wellbeing is at the conceptual level.

Simply put, workplace wellbeing is about promoting the health of employees, not only when it comes to physical health, but also on mental, social and emotional levels.

Workplace wellbeing must be addressed on both the individual and collective level – the health of the individual must be taken into consideration, along with that of the overarching workplace environment.

Why does workplace wellbeing matter?

Workplace wellbeing is crucial to creating an environment in which employees can thrive and succeed. There are many reasons why it is important to educate your team about workplace wellbeing, and implement measures to support it.

Workplace wellbeing helps…

  • create a safe and healthy work environment for employees
  • increase job satisfaction
  • improve productivity
  • cultivate creativity
  • foster team-work, collaboration, and belonging
  • and much more

When employees feel good at work – physically, mentally, socially and emotionally – they are more likely to show up with energy and perform at their best. 

What does workplace wellbeing look like?

On the physical level, workplace wellbeing goes beyond basic healthcare benefits to craft a workplace culture that supports physical needs such as: 

  • healthy eating 
  • physical movement
  • drinking enough water 
  • practicing healthy sleep habits

This may look like a variety of things depending on the specific workplace. Some examples include providing healthy food options in the office, encouraging employees to take regular breaks to eat, developing physical activity programs that team members can participate in, promoting stretch breaks for employees who sit at their desks for long periods of time, etc.

When it comes to mental and emotional health, workplace wellbeing might look like providing access to mental health resources, such as confidential counseling, and creating a culture that supports open discussion about mental health. It might also mean developing programs to encourage work-life balance, and discussing topics that may impact workers, such as burnout and navigating stressors.

Social wellbeing is about creating a workplace environment that cultivates relational, team-building bonds within your organization. When your organizational culture is vibrant and welcoming, your team will not only be more productive, but feel like they belong. They might even begin to want to come to work!

What does workplace wellbeing training look like?

Now that we have discussed what workplace wellbeing looks like in action, it’s time to talk about what workplace wellbeing looks like from a corporate training lens. There are many different ways that organizations can teach workplace wellbeing to their employees.

From seminars on wellbeing topics like mental health and work-life balance, to bolstering employees with knowledge on topics such as nutrition and mindfulness, the key to training your employees on workplace wellbeing topics is to stay relevant, and keep your team engaged. 

Rather than simply walking through a checklist of topics, encourage your employees to think about their own level of wellbeing, and where they feel they stand when it comes to their wellbeing at work. Better yet, bring a skilled corporate trainer on board to ensure that your employees feel not only informed, but truly supported.

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