As “unlock” kicks in across India, the landscape at work and outside is by no means what it was in early 2020. Tried and tested HR practices and successful health & wellness initiatives may not deliver the same results.
Here are 4 mistakes your wellness program should avoid.
1. Focusing (Too Much) On Physical Health Alone
Immunity, fitness, metabolic health – these have been focus areas for a lot of people. However, a silent problem that’s crept up on us is mental health.
Mental health can no longer be an “also-ran.” Stress, anxiety, loneliness are more common now and your health program needs to acknowledge this with a solid mental health strategy.
2. Forgetting Family and Friends
The lines between work and home are blurring. Instead of only driving engagement with coworkers/colleagues, involve employee support systems too. For instance, allow family/friends to join in team initiatives like fitness challenges or diet makeovers..
3. Not Thinking Outside The Office
A state-of-the-art gym, yoga rooms, showers, lockers at the office were big draws earlier. But with the current aversion to public facilities, these perks may no longer find as many takers.
Invest the money in virtual programs/workshops on wellness and at-home fitness – these options are sustainable even beyond the pandemic. For instance, the healthi Workout@Home package enables employees to work out at home with AI-driven, personalized fitness plans.
4. Ignoring The Elephant In The Room
As an employer, there’s no avoiding the conversation around COVID-19. It may not be pleasant but it is necessary.
- Continue to broadcast latest developments to ensure your employees are well informed and able to take the right precautions.
- If you can offer online doctor consultations, employees can easily approach reliable medical professionals for any health concern, COVID-related or otherwise.
- Access to a COVID-19 screening test is another pressing need for many today and can be easily organized by a healthcare partner.