May 15th marked Mental Health Awareness Week. During this period, there was an influx of companies posting their awareness and some even listing how they currently look after their teams wellbeing. Sometimes it can be easy to talk about workplace wellbeing but how do we actually embrace it?
Research into the connection between wellbeing and workplace performance keeps on growing. Previous research has evidenced that lower levels of wellbeing results in higher levels of absence. With another recent CIPD survey finding that mental ill-health and stress were the top two causes of long-term absence in UK workplaces. This is also one of the main reasons employees change jobs.
With these findings, there’s no wonder employers are working on helping their staff with their wellbeing.
So who is leading the way when it comes to workplace wellbeing?
1. Johnson & Johnson
In the late 1970s Johnson & Johnson had recognised the importance of wellbeing. This outlook paved the way for Johnson & Johnson which has now stemmed to 130,000 workers, based in more than 60 countries.
- Healthy eating advice
- Fitness centres
- Lunchtime fitness classes
2. Chesapeake Energy
Energy provider, Chesapeake Energy has always placed a strong focus on their employees physical wellbeing and how it can aid their overall wellbeing.
- On-site fitness centre, equipped with an Olympic sized swimming pool, rock climbing wall and personal trainers
- On-site day care facility for children aged six weeks to five years
- Health clinic available with full medical and dental care
- Medical based employee benefits
Being the experts in health, Bupa are fully aware of the effect a healthy working environment has on workers. Because of this, Bupa invests vast amounts of energy into taking care of their employees.
- Wellbeing program “Smile” which helps users feel more in control and be able to deal with daily pressures
- Access to “Bupa Boost” wellbeing app which focuses on nutrition, personal fitness, mindfulness and relaxation goals.
- “Healthy minds” service which supports mental wellbeing by offering bereavement and stress management support.
Facebook focuses a wealth of attention onto physical health by providing employees with a range of wellbeing tools including:
- Fitness centre
- Bikes to travel around campus
- Enabling volunteering opportunities in local communities
American hospitality company Hilton focuses on employee wellbeing in mind, body and spirit. In 2017, the “Thrive@Hilton” wellbeing initiative was launched.
- Health-orientated pop-ups
- Wellness days
- Flu clinics
- Self-guided e-learning courses
Multinational professional services company, Accenture is keen to offer wellbeing solutions to its employees.
- Encourages employees to choose wellness goals and support to achieve this is provided
- Confidential support services available
- Flexible work schedules
- Hybrid working schemes available
Promoting health is activity embraced by USAA. They recognise that as well as leaders talking about their company culture of wellbeing, employees can embrace and enjoy their working lives.
- Fitness centre
- Energise zones
- Relaxation points
8. The National Health Service
Whilst the NHS is experiencing a tough time, it’s very easy to overlook all the good things that are taking place, not just in terms of the patients, but also what’s happening with their own people.
- Wellbeing activities
- Annual wellbeing road shows
Buffer is a company that leads by example, with their own CEO, Joel Gascoigne sharing his own experiences with his mental health. Employees are encouraged to be their authentic selves at work which includes sharing the highs and lows.
- Online counselling sessions
- Free subscription to health and wellbeing app, Joyable
- “Unsick days” for preventative care
NextJump firmly believes that smaller companies should not mean less health and wellbeing options for their staff.
- Energy management
- Nutrition support
- Mental health support
- Healthy snacks
- Psychological and emotional coaching
As you can see, there are a range of companies that prioritise workplace wellbeing. If you would like to find out more about workplace wellbeing strategies, why not find out more about our employee benefit offering?