Straight Talk with HR.com
I can’t stress how important it is to go out of your
way to check in with your colleagues and employees
- not just from a work standpoint, but from a human
standpoint. Get creative about socializing - host
virtual lunches, happy hours or team walking
sessions. Schedule social activities and game days
via Zoom. Celebrate milestones virtually - one of our
teams recently held a baby shower for a colleague
over zoom. Many Virgin Pulse teams hold daily
stand-ups the check the pulse of their colleagues. We
also hold online group yoga, mindfulness and fitness
classes to promote healthy social interaction.
Be aware that many employees have delayed
self-care for months, which may lead to health
consequences down the road. Be patient and
supportive as they reacclimate, yet again, to new
ways of working.
Above all, show empathy for your employees
and colleagues. People are dealing with unique
challenges – recognize that everyone is doing the
best they can, given their personal circumstances. If
there ever was a time to be a human first and an HR
executive second, it’s now.
Q. Do you have any other important
wellness suggestions to help ensure
a healthy 2021?
David: Aside from encouraging everyone to get
the Covid-19 vaccine when it’s available to them, I’d
suggest doubling down on your well-being initiatives.
If you haven’t already invested in a well-being
platform, stop reading this article and focus on that
immediately. If you do have a well-being platform,
make sure it is future-proofed to support your
organization’s post-pandemic needs.
What does this mean? Make sure your well-being
programs are centralized and easily accessible
and that employees are using them. We know that
employee engagement in well-being programs
significantly increases when those experiences are
personalized. By unifying and personalizing the
experience, you make it easy for employees to set
healthy habits and goals, engage in healthy activities,
access and schedule preventive healthcare such
as check-ups and flu shots, enroll in condition-specific
programs, schedule and conduct telehealth
visits and coaching sessions; procure home test
kits – all in one place. We call this one-stop-shop
experience Homebase for HealthTM. Our goal is the
be the Homebase for HealthTM that simplifies and
personalizes the healthcare journey for our clients
We know that the impact of what employees are
experiencing today will reverberate for years to
come. How employers support employees today
will be a determining factor in an organization’s
long-term viability. There is no question that
employee well-being, engagement and productivity
are inextricably linked. I can’t say it enough: employee
health and well-being must be the #1 priority for every
business organization in 2021.
David Osborne is the CEO of Virgin
Pulse, the world’s leading provider of
employee wellbeing and engagement
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