The Need for CEOs and CHROs to Improve Workplace Wellbeing

A high-performing organization only begins with the well-being of their employees.

A strong wellness strategy is no longer a luxury for organizations. Rather, becoming a high priority for business functions. With digital transformation taking place at a rapid pace, the role of a human resource is now shifting from traditional administrative functions to the role of a strategic partner.

At the outset, HR leaders such as CEOs and CHROs must take initiatives of improving the workplace culture in an attempt to make it long-lasting.

“62% of the surveyed HR leaders believed that the current wellness programs provided in their organization need room for improvement, says research by People Matters and Sanofi Pasteur.”

Where there are still wellness programs that need to be tended after, is there a possibility of becoming future-ready?

From attracting to employee retention, the Chief Human Resource Officer takes charge of overseeing the policies and operations in an organization. They’re also responsible for keeping themselves updated with the latest policies and practices. Currently, a newer practice that has gained quite an attraction in the market – employee wellbeing. This was once dismissed stating to be a fringe benefit is now recognized as an investment for companies.

When we come to terms such as well-being, the CHRO and CEOs need to take steps in creating a new wellbeing program.

Why HR leadership should be involved in well-being together?

“Wellbeing is a global topic, not limited to big cities or developed economies,” says a leading industry analyst Josh Bersin.

Due to the digital age, people have become overwhelmed that they do not mind working beyond 40 hours a week. Wellbeing and support are certain things that employees have been seeking for a longer time. Josh also explains stating that corporate well-being is in a bit of crisis today that needs to be given a holistic view.

Transparency is something that needs to come while building a culture of wellness. At the core, employers are now getting serious in framing these programs for the wellbeing of their employees. It is said, the more you become transparent with your employees the more it helps.

Let’s look at some surefire ways to boost employee wellbeing: –

  • Provide the right tool for employees to find their purpose
  • A core focus on personal development
  • Introduce flexible work hours to improve work-life balance
  • Fight the habit of a sedentary lifestyle by having standing desks
  • Extend trust by offering unlimited vacations
  • Provide unlimited paternity and maternity leave
  • Sick employees should stay at home and not be forced to come to work
  • Offering opportunity to employees to set their work strategies
  • Setting up volunteering programs
  • Promoting mental health awareness and counseling

As a matter of fact, 80% of employees at the workplace that provides robust health and wellness programs were said to feel engaged and cared for by their employers.

Wellness programs should evolve from being force-led to culture-driven and this initiative must be aligned by the Chief Human Resource Officer of the organization.

If you’re looking to think big, act bigger, and drive your employees to higher engagement and productivity then ensure you have the right wellbeing program established at your firm.