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With the lines blurred between work and home and the pandemic crisis affecting people around the world, 2020 has emphasized the critical need for effective wellbeing programs in the workplace. The coronavirus pandemic, physical isolation and an uncertain economy have all contributed to declining mental wellbeing for thousands of working adults.
A recent study conducted by the Adecco Group found that a majority of executive leaders feel unequipped to handle conversations around mental wellbeing. In fact, 54% say it’s difficult to provide effective advice to staff on their mental wellbeing during the pandemic and, similarly, 50% say it’s difficult to remain aware of how their staff is feeling. This gap is important to note since 28% of employees say their mental health has declined during the pandemic and 80% say their employer is responsible for ensuring a better working world after COVID-19.
This calls for a greater focus on improving corporate wellbeing programs. For decades, many companies have approached wellbeing programs by investing in convenience-based services or perks, like gyms and ping pong tables; however, these offerings don’t operate as part of a holistic approach and lack the key elements needed for long-term success. As businesses look to revamp corporate wellbeing programs, it’s important to adopt a model that is sustainable and can evolve over time.
Corporate Wellbeing: A New Holistic Model
The Workforce Vitality Model, created by the Adecco Group Foundation, provides a holistic approach to employee wellbeing that unites both top-down management and bottom-up feedback. The holistic approach incorporates next to mental and physical wellbeing a social aspect, which encompasses employees’ ability to connect, engage with others and ensure inclusivity, as well as purpose, which focuses on employees’ beliefs and principles to serve as motivation.