Corporate wellbeing has become more of a priority (as it should) during 2021.Corporate wellbeing has become more of a priority (as it should) during 2021. Edging out of the Coronavirus pandemic, a period of mass isolation, mental wellbeing has become more crucial than ever to protect and maintain.

Sure, this is certainly important in our personal lives. But what have we learnt about well-being at work? This blog will explore all we have learned about corporate well-being in 2021 and its importance.

Corporate Wellbeing In 2021

2021 was a year of learning from the past to improve the future. During the pandemic, corporate well-being took a hit due to many working from home.

For many, the return to the office in 2021 was a relief, for others, a worry. Businesses and organisations must instil a holistic approach to corporate well-being to nurture the mental health of their employees.

It shouldn’t have taken a global pandemic for us to recognise and acknowledge the importance of employee wellbeing. It is our collective responsibility after the findings during 2021 to improve corporate wellbeing going forward, beyond Covid 19.

Title graphic for Wellspace blog about Embedding Employee Wellness into Health and SafetyKey Findings On Corporate Wellbeing In 2021

CIPD’s 2021 Health and Wellbeing at Work Report shares some relevant findings regarding corporate well-being in 2021.

The good sign is that corporate wellbeing continued to rise on the corporate agenda during 2021.  More and more corporations are prioritising their well-being strategies to protect the overall wellness of their employees. Since the pandemic, most organisations have prioritised taking additional measures to support employee health and wellbeing and increased their focus on mental health in the workplace.

As of 2021, employee well-being appearing on senior leaders’ agenda was at 75%, as opposed to 61% the previous year.

84% of organisations in CIPD’s report have focused more heavily on looking after employees’ mental health since the pandemic.

Based on findings in 2021, it is fair to conclude that corporate wellbeing is being prioritised more due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Work-related stress is still the primary cause of declining mental health and absences and so it is evident there is still a way to go when it comes to protecting employees’ wellbeing.

Working From Home

Working from home for many has improved their well-being. Employee wellbeing is related to engagement and productivity. Remote working – which has become more common during 2021 and the pandemic, has benefits such as flexibility, no commute, and improved work-life balance.

Working from home has had a huge effect on corporate well-being throughout 2021 and beyond, whether it be for the better or not. According to a study by the RSPH, 45% of people felt that working from home was better for their health and well-being in 2021.

However, in the same study, we have also learnt that 67% of participants felt less connected to their colleagues, 46% exercised less and 39% developed musculoskeletal problems.

Remote working has most definitely had an impact on corporate wellbeing throughout 2021. It is also harder for employers to monitor wellness in the workplace with employees working from home.

Further Reading: Does WFH Improve Employee Wellbeing?

A women working from home holding her forehead with her hand as she lacks energyHow Can You Achieve Corporate Wellbeing?

Well-being incorporates the wellness of an individual; considering their physical, mental, social, and financial wellness.

With 21% of our life’s working hours being spent at work, corporate wellbeing, and achieving wellness within the workplace must be considered, recognised, and prioritised.

The importance of employee wellbeing has emerged greatly since 2021 so it is now more crucial than ever to maintain the decrease absenteeism and increase productivity – to maintain corporate well-being throughout 2022.

The well-being of one’s career, social, financial, physical and community are all elements that make up one’s overall wellness.  And all things that employers should monitor with their employees to achieve corporate wellbeing.

Corporate Wellbeing With Wellspace

As we have explored in this blog, corporate wellbeing has become more important throughout 2021 and a holistic approach is the best and most effective way to achieve employee wellbeing.

So how do you achieve corporate wellbeing? Our Wellspace application and portal allow employers and employees to engage and monitor well-being within the workforce.

The application contains benefits such as; a sleep tracker, activity tracker, mental health tracker, team challenges and a content hub where individuals can access content related to fitness, nutrition, financial support and more. Having all these intuitive and focused resources to hand allows employees to stay engaged with their work and become more committed, thus increasing productivity!

The portal allows businesses to increase engagement, target activity, demonstrate VOI and offer rewards. This allows employers to monitor their workforce engagement and target specific ways to improve the overall well-being of their employees.

In 2021, we learned that corporate well-being led to a more engaged, productive workforce, so why leave it in the last year?

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