More than a 70 percent of professionals say the pandemic has been the most stressful period of their professional lives.
FREMONT, CA: In many ways, the coronavirus pandemic impacted everyone. The health crisis ushered in considerable changes in the workplace for many individuals, including a significant shift to remote work. Furthermore, due to the increased health consciousness and focus that workers have put on their health in the aftermath of the pandemic, another component of work that the crisis will impact is corporate well-being.
From salary cuts to a financial stress to the loss of a loved one to the issue of combining remote work with home obligations, the coronavirus outbreak had a toll on employees' emotional and physical health.
These changes have shifted the focus of corporate wellness to accommodate the health demands of an increasingly remote workforce. As a result, firms must alter their corporate wellness programs to focus more on three critical areas:
More Virtual Wellness Offerings
The pandemic has shown the necessity for HR professionals to offer virtual wellness programs. Most employees now work from home and maybe adopt remote work in the post-pandemic period. However, to fulfill the needs of the vast, remote workforce, corporate wellness programs will increasingly include more online health solutions, like virtual fitness classes, webinars, and mindfulness exercises.
Employers are utilizing mobile applications and platforms that offer wellness solutions as a result of the epidemic. Many employers joined wellness platforms to deliver customized wellness solutions, such as on-demand exercise sessions, yoga classes, cookery video classes, and other health-related services.
Greater Focus on Mental Health
Employee wellness activities during COVID-19 and after COVID-19 will include additional mental health measures to assist staff in coping with these challenging times. Although mental health initiatives have long been a part of workplace wellness, the pandemic has highlighted the need to step it up.
People's mental health has suffered due to the pandemic and the resulting loss of lives and economic ruin. Many adults are turning to drink and drug misuse to cope with the stress of the pandemic, or those who already have mental health problems are finding it more challenging to handle.Furthermore, public health measures to limit the coronavirus, such as stay-at-home orders and quarantine legislation, may hasten the mental health repercussions of the pandemic.
Greater Focus on Population Health Management
People with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, and heart disease, were recognized as one of the most at-risk groups for COVID-19 infection and sequelae as the pandemic progressed. In addition, it increased public awareness of health issues and prompted many people to take more care of their health.
Similarly, future workplace wellness will focus a greater emphasis on chronic disease. Preventing, controlling, and improving chronic disease in the workplace will receive more attention. As a result, employers will boost healthcare benefits and access to medical services, especially for these high-risk groups. Employers can also change their wellness programs to include more proactive activities such as on-site fitness courses, gym memberships, exercise breaks, cigarette cessation programs, and food wellness programs.