Well-Being: A Strategic Approach

April 25, 2012 at 12:24 pm
Filed under: employee well-being

Human Resource professional are spending more time considering the concept of well-being. In fact, much is being written about it as an essential tool for considering how best to support the workforce.

One such article in HR Magazine/UK written by a Business School Professor from Leeds Univ. successfully outlines why this is important to organizations. The author says, “A strategic approach to well-being starts with the overall goals of the organization and an examination of the extent to which existing and proposed well-being initiatives can support the goals.”

His emphasis is on stress, health and employee wellness.

However, I believe it is important that a first step for an organization to develop a strategic approach to well-being must include an internal conversation about what well-being is for our people. Certainly this can include physical and mental health, but it must also include those aspects of life that create personal energy and engagement. Employee well-being includes positive outcomes with their families, careers, financial stability, and spiritual expression (to name a few).

Once this internal conversation has taken place, HR can then audit if/how current workforce support efforts of the organization are coordinated and measured against these broad areas and assess the current relevancy to the employee population:

  1. Are dependent care supports accessible and making it easier for employees be focused at work?
  2. Do current flexible work arrangements foster employee work preferences and team work?
  3. How do retirement benefits, 401-K and other financial supports meet the current economic realities of the employees and their families?
  4. Does management discuss career aspirations regularly with employees?

To do so is to truly address the well-being of employees and the business overall.


Click here to learn more about the Horizons Workforce Consulting Workforce Well-Being Study, including our process for holding successful internal conversations about well-being and designing effective strategies, 

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