The Hindrance in Employee Health: Does Workplace Culture has to do Anything with it?

by Jody Ordioni

An ideal work culture environment is one that not only helps its employees grow professionally but also looks after their well-being. A work culture to increase its productivity must establish a system where resources are not simply available to the employees but also provide support and acceptability to access these resources. A company’s culture is directly responsible for the health, happiness, and productivity of the employee.

Workplace culture often is incompatible to the environment that enables the well-being and happiness of the employee, to increase engagement with the company’s operatives. A major factor that creates this disparity is that the wellness initiatives the company’s offer doesn’t complement their current workplace culture. Another factor can be that no systematic support allows employees to access these wellness programs confidently.

Forcing employees into a rigid dichotomy of do’s and don’ts in the wellness programs achieves nothing. It only hinders their creative process. A yearly health screening might bring issues related to stress and otherwise to focus but will achieve nothing if there is not a positive work culture. This hampers the formation of healthy habits in employees and demotivates them from participating in any wellness activities.

This begs the question, what can companies do to integrate corporate culture that provides space for employee wellness?

Building a Culture of Wellness

Help employees practice healthy behaviors in the workplace. Introduce them to healthier alternatives that can improve their general well-being and increase happiness, morale, and productivity. For example, unnecessary junk-food snacks can be replaced with nutritional options. The occasional cheat meal or beverage from the vending machine works as long as it is supplemented with a healthy diet.

Besides, companies should also introduce a period specifically dedicated to physical activity so that the employee can remain fit. Alternatively introducing fitness classes into the wellness program is also a constructive step toward employee wellness. To deal with the effect of workplace stress on mind and spirit, yoga and meditation classes are a great place to start with.

Taking up these activities together, as a team, also increases the level of cooperation and comfort each individual has with the other. Motivation in the form of simple incentives can encourage employees to participate in the wellness programs actively.

Change is Welcome

The company should embrace the fact that sometimes the currently employed workplace culture does not function as expected. The leader, in such case, should not be afraid to mix things up. While this does not mean that the old agenda should be thrown out every year. However, an efficient leader should realize that a particular model for growth does not produce the desired results.

Though change is not easily digested, the aftertaste is usually happier employees. Consider revisiting your mission, vision, and values, altering them wherever required. Outline how changing them will help the growth of your company and increase the rate of employee retainment. Any company that is resistant to change suffers the consequences of stagnation.


Viewing the Employee as a Whole

A company culture that does not offer a supportive structure to gain access to wellness initiatives treats employee health as a liability. The well-being of the employees is not only an HR report that needs to be completed. Employers need to choose a holistic method to approach the subject of employee well-being. Wellness programs that work on each aspect of an employee’s health and then also take care to assemble the employee as a whole are bound to succeed.

The Bottom Line

The only takeaway from this piece is that a company should prioritize the health of the employees for it increases the happiness and overall environment of the company becomes positive. The leaders should focus on a culture that makes it easier to engage with the company’s mission and vision. A positive work culture makes an employee’s 9-to-5 exciting and exhilarating.

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