The folks at Harvard Business Review predict 11 workplace trends that are emerging this year and are anticipated to remain well into the future. We are especially focused on three of HBR’s predictions, and we are going to break them down here: Wellness, Sedentariness, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). For a detailed discussion of DEI, please see the report by McKinsey & Company.

Wellness

Wellness Coaches has always been deeply committed to health and wellness—considering that is our first name, it is not surprising. But now, the rest of the world is catching up, and as workplaces prioritize employee wellness as a core value and a corporate social responsibility, they will look to reputable partners to deliver a comprehensive suite of services to their employees. These services should include nutrition counseling from a Registered Dietitian, Smoking Cessation Support, Mental Health Support, Safety and Injury Prevention Coaching, Resilience Training, Stress Management, and other clinical services. These should all be underpinned by a next-generation digital health platform that is customized and personalized to the organization and its participants. Check out information on Wellness Coaches’ full menu of wellness services.

Sedentariness

According to the Harvard article referenced above, “sitting is the new smoking.” Forty percent of remote workers gained weight during the pandemic, likely due to the reduction in physical movement associated with commuting, moving from meeting to meeting, and visiting different areas of the workplace for various reasons. While inactivity presents legitimate concerns about employee health, employers will have to be cautious about overreaching and blurring the lines between home and work. For this reason, strategic businesses will engage the services of reputable professionals who can support employees effectively, whether they are working onsite or remotely, without overstepping boundaries. This may mean delivering different types of technology (eg a standing desk or a headset that affords greater mobility), providing nutrition counseling as part of a benefits package, offering flexible schedules, walking meetings, or time outdoors.

DEI

While the factors that contribute to DEI concerns are pervasive, complex and multi-faceted, wellness services can help support some diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in the health arena. For example, when nutrition counseling and stress management programs are offered in a variety of modalities, (ie digitally, virtually, and/or in person), more people are able to participate, which fosters inclusiveness and equity. Similarly, a focus on the mental health of its team is a meaningful demonstration of a company’s commitment to DEI. When a company actively recruits and nurtures a diverse workforce, it must ensure that all employees feel included, welcomed, and supported. If not, the employees risk feeling isolated, unsuccessful, and stressed. This presents risk factors for mental illness. Today’s employees require that companies prioritize the mental health of their workforces. If they do not see authentic, demonstrable commitment, they may well look elsewhere.

Workplace Wellness Solutions

Wellness Coaches full suite of services is strategically positioned to help employers manage these trends effectively and optimize the health and wellness of their employees. Contact us to learn more about how partnering with Wellness Coaches can help your employees achieve greater health and happiness.