confidence in just two years! The
pandemic has disrupted nearly every
aspect of our lives, including the
financial health of many businesses
and their people. Richard Limpkin’s
article, Building A Better Employee
Experience By Supporting Financial
Wellbeing, shares the key steps
employers can take to launch and
bolster financial wellness programs.
Also included in this edition is an
exclusive research by HR.com’s HR
Research Institute, The State of
Employee Health and Well-being 2021.
The research focuses on the current
state of employee well-being and
how organizations have tried to
influence and safeguard well-being in
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The coronavirus pandemic is an
unprecedented episode like never
before. It highlighted the need for
employers to prioritize and normalize
the discussions around employee
wellbeing at work.
This issue of Employee Benefits &
Wellness Excellence, with a special
focus on Employee Well-being,
includes a collection of articles
that emphasize the importance
of employee wellbeing - the
physiological, physical, financial, and
The pandemic has dramatically
changed employee utilization of
healthcare services, where they
receive them, and the modality of
care. Employers have a key role to
play to adjust to the demands of
Covid-19 to ensure that the health
and well-being of employees and
their families continue to be met.
New resources and tools, available
digitally and virtually, are required to
fill the void that Covid-19 has created.
Check out our cover article by Andrea
Bloom, Engaging Employees In Their
Health During Covid-19 And Beyond
that highlights the importance of
investing in health and wellness
services that can be delivered
virtually and digitally.
It is estimated that mental health
problems and illnesses cost the
Canadian economy at least $50
billion annually and that in any given
week, 500,000 employed Canadians
are unable to work due to mental
illness. While social determinants
of health extend beyond the
confines of the workplace, it is an
important site where many of these
factors exert influence. Dominique
Dennery’s article, Work Design And
Mental Well-being: Improving Social
Determinants Of Mental Health In
the Workplace, talks about the
importance of mitigating stress and
promoting mental wellbeing.
In an exclusive interaction with
HR.com, David Osborne, CEO, Virgin
Pulse talks about the importance
of well-being cultures and why
employee well-being must be the
top priority for every business
organization in 2021 and beyond.
According to Bank of America’s 2020
Workplace Benefits Report, only
forty-nine per cent of employees
described themselves as “financially
well,” down from sixty-one per cent
in 2018, while fifty-nine per cent
admitted to not having control
over their debt. That’s a twenty per
cent decline in financial wellness
Raksha Sanjay Nag
Editor, Employee Benefits &
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