Corporate wellness programs

Corporate wellness programs continue to trend upwards in Australia, according to a report by IBIS World.  The data suggests that the industry of wellness services in workplaces has seen a steady growth in the last 5 years, of 9% annually.

So what are the wellness trends predicted for 2019? According to Corporate Wellness Magazine they include:

1. Leverage Health Data to Personalise Programs

To best help staff achieve their wellbeing goals, one pivotal factor is harnessing the power of personalised, secure data.

Whether it’s tracking your heart health, blood pressure, activity, breathing, or sleep patterns, health data will play an ever-increasing role in health and wellness programming. That role will go beyond simply monitoring, to designing personalised programs. Next on the list? Metabolism, a digital overview of the chemical and organic processes taking place inside your body.

2. New Job Titles

The evolution of corporate wellness has already spawned a wealth of new descriptors, titles, and responsibilities. “Talent Experience Designer” (human resources professional) is just an example of new titles that are emerging as the importance of culture, wellness, and employee happiness are understood to be directly linked and valued.

3. Further Integration of  “Physician Care” and “Self-Care”

Prior to the digital age, we would receive medical information directly from our doctors face-to-face. Now, a person’s outlook on their health has evolved where people are becoming empowered by information from health and wellness programs or wearable devices to become informed and proactively take control of their health.

This shift to “self-care” means people take preventative care of their health, rather than waiting to the point of becoming ill and having to rely on physician care.

Employers can play an important role in aiding employees to take a proactive approach to their health by providing corporate wellness programs and having a wellness technology platform.

4. Improving the Understanding of “Engagement” in the Workplace

Workplaces today are interested in taking a more holistic, integrated approach to the health of their employees. They do this through linking preventive efforts, fitness for duty, health and safety, and presenteeism with ‘all cause’ health-related absenteeism, with the goal of improving productivity.

It starts with recognising that engagement is a choice two parties make: the employer must choose to facilitate the employee’s engagement by providing a healthy environment where employees choose to be engaged.  A way to facilitate this dual engagement is through technology: wellness platforms hosted on employee portals, and by both parties designing their wellness programs.

5. Further Integrated Wellness Programs

Wellness programs are to be aimed at preventing chronic disease, which impacts physical and mental health. What we will see in the next year is that programming will be expanded to include a closer relationship of physical/mental health and financial health, as well as inter-personal relationship health, all sources of stress and significant contributors overall.

Wellness Programs should, and will soon be, integrated into one seamless solution and incorporate all aspects of wellbeing.

Corporate wellness programs have definitely come a long way in the past decade. While in many respects there is still more awareness amongst Australian workplaces needed, it’s obvious that the corporate momentum that took years to build will continue to grow.

To discuss corporate wellness programs at your workplace, reach out to us here.

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