Why inclusion is the key to a successful wellbeing strategy
Businesses are constantly looking for innovative ways to improve employee satisfaction and productivity, but one concept consistently stands out: inclusion.
The power of inclusion in shaping a robust wellbeing strategy cannot be overstated. Inclusion is about creating a sense of belonging and acceptance in the workplace, where everyone feels valued and respected, regardless of their background or beliefs.
In this article, we’ll examine the significance of an inclusive wellbeing strategy, and provide insights into incorporating it into your organisation’s wellbeing framework.
The Foundations of Wellbeing and Inclusion
What is Wellbeing, Anyway
In order to get started on our journey to inclusion, let’s define wellbeing.
An individual’s sense of purpose and fulfilment is reflected in their sense of wellbeing, which includes their physical, mental and emotional health. It’s a holistic approach to living a rewarding life, both personally and professionally.
When we have a strong sense of purpose, we tend to be more motivated, engaged, and productive, which can lead to greater success both personally and professionally.
Also, being purposeful can boost our sense of wellbeing and give us a sense of accomplishment, giving us a more positive outlook on life.
The Impact of an Inclusive Wellbeing Strategy
Organisations can expect to see positive impacts on the health and happiness of their employees when they implement employee wellbeing programmes. Several benefits can result from this positive impact, including increased job satisfaction, improved productivity, reduced stress levels, and a better overall work environment.
In addition, employee wellbeing programmes can promote teamwork across departments, which leads to better communication and collaboration. These can help create a resilient culture, where employees are encouraged to work together to achieve their goals.
They must, however, intentionally incorporate diversity and inclusion. In the absence of conscious efforts to create inclusive solutions, these initiatives can quickly become missed opportunities.
For these initiatives to succeed, organisations should connect with relatable leaders who know what DEI is all about, as they can foster an open and honest dialogue about DEI initiatives. Also, they can help employees understand how DEI initiatives can benefit their organisations.
Benefits of an Inclusive Wellbeing Strategy
1. Reduces burnout: Implementing a wellbeing strategy provides support to workers so they can cope with day-to-day stress and deal with challenges as they occur. Encourage them to take regular breaks, and provide them with tools and resources to manage their stress.
2. Provides a consistent, global and accessible narrative: Not all employee groups will benefit from an in-person wellness initiative available only in one location. It changes the collective employee experience, after all. Remember that employees can greatly benefit from a universal narrative of inclusive wellbeing that spans cultures, locations, and groups.
3. Promotes employee value: An inclusive wellbeing strategy provides access to wellbeing benefits among employees of all pay grades, positions, and branches. Essentially, it’s level playing field for everyone. This helps us speak knowledgeably and consistently about organisation wellbeing, which becomes a healthy & competitive culture that keeps employees happy.
4. Impacts change for the better: Businesses must recognise the accessibility problem surrounding health and wellbeing. Ensure that wellbeing benefits address the unique needs and preferences of employees and address their unique life circumstances by creating inclusive, accessible benefits.
Wellbeing is a Work in Progress
To provide mental and physical wellbeing support to all employees, organisations must diversify their efforts. One way to achieve this is by implementing comprehensive wellbeing strategies.
These strategies should include activities such as providing mental health resources, physical health benefits, and providing opportunities for employees to practice mindfulness and self-care.
Get in touch to explore how we can help you transform your wellbeing strategy by improving your inclusion programmes today.