|Why Considering a Corporate Wellness Program Matters
2020 has impacted everyone – at a personal level and in the workplace. Destiny Frye is CEO and Cofounder of Grounded Self Care Studio, which provides artistically therapeutic experiences that cultivate healing, human connection and transformational moments. Frye notes that she chose San Bernardino for her space “to create something that the community feels it owns, and to give back to a community that helped me become the person I am today. I see so much potential and light here in San Bernardino,” she shared.
While the physical space is still being completed, Frye is providing a number of healing and wellness programs, including corporate wellness programs, virtually due to COVID restrictions. As she notes, “a corporate wellness program is a great way to invest in your greatest asset – your employees.”
One example of an organization focused on wellness is the California WIC Association, a non-profit organization formed in 1992 by directors of local agencies administering the federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Supporting whole person wellness for WIC staff is vital to their health and well-being. That is why the California WIC Association welcomes the partnership of diverse wellness experts such as Grounded Self Care Studio for its WIC Worksite Wellness. For WIC, Frye’s expertise in emotional and spiritual wellness is especially important during this time of a pandemic and numerous other threats and emergencies. Frye has helped to implement wellness activities at WIC conferences. They are not only an important part of the event, but also introduce attendees to new ways to stay healthy. Here, Frye provides advice to employers and employees dealing with uncertainty and wellness impacts of this national health crisis.
Why is a corporate employee wellness program important?
It’s hard for employees to be engaged and productive if they’re not healthy. Disengaged and unproductive employees impact the bottom line. Employers often only focus on the service that their employees provide not realizing that employees become devoted to a company when they know their employer cares about them, and not just what they can produce. Employees are a business’ greatest asset and implementing a wellness program is a great way to invest in those assets.
What does it entail?
Corporate wellness covers physical, mental/emotional, and community well-being. It is designed to support and encourage a holistic approach to the well-being of employees.
How can an employer best help employees now in light of COVID?
There is a quote by William H. Lever, founder of Lever Brothers, that speaks to this issue, “If we leave the human factor out of our business calculations, we shall be wrong every time.” The best thing an employer can do is recognize that every single one of their employees is personally impacted by COVID-19 in some way. By focusing on the humanity of their employees they can create an empowering work culture. The investment has to reach beyond job title training and into the personal well-being of the employee.
Employers can focus on the following three components:
- Post prompts around the office to encourage physical activity such as «Take the long way to your desk… add a few extra steps for better health!»
- Offer physical classes to employees such as yoga and aerobics
- Offer discounts to health & wellness clubs
Mental & Emotional Well-being
- Offer classes that promote mindfulness, such as meditation and deep belly breathing
- Take an artistic approach to healing by offering art therapy
- Create a relaxation wellness space for breaks
- Be intentional about creating company bonding opportunities
- Post get to know your teammate challenges around the office such as «Find out someone’s biggest dream this week»
What are ways we can relieve some of the stress and anxiety in light of COVID?
· Go outside and get some fresh air!
· Practice mindfulness, using tools such as deep breathing, yoga and meditation
· Practice gratitude – everyday write down 3 things you are grateful for
· Reach out and seek professional help if necessary