After nearly three years mired in the coronavirus pandemic, employers are beginning to put the pieces of their respective workplaces back together, using wellness as the cornerstone.
They’re shaping their respective new ways of working — whether remote, in-office or hybrid — and expanding their thinking around wellness to achieve a successful return to a working normal. Indeed, Dave McCagherty, vice-president of group sales and distribution at RBC Insurance, is seeing a heightened awareness from employers around the need for emotional, physical and mental wellness, particularly as the pandemic moves into an endemic period.
Employees and their families have struggled throughout the public health crisis, so if well-being isn’t at the very top of employers’ lists of priorities right now, it’s a close second, says Kim Siddall, vice-president of enterprise consulting in the west at People Corporation.
Almost every area of focus for organizations touches on employee wellness in some way, whether it’s attraction and retention, employee engagement or burnout, she says, adding employers must have the right mechanisms in place to support the mental health of workers and their families in order to build a sustainable and resilient workplace.