According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), employees who are in good health are more likely to deliver optimal performance in the workplace.
Good health is defined as having improved quality of life, which includes lower risk of disease, illness, and injury. All of this in turn contributes to increased work productivity and likelihood of contributing to the greater community, which are characteristic of optimal workplace performance.
While employers are increasingly helping workers achieve good health since they understand its connection to improved workplace performance, the implementation of wellness programs and benefits mean nothing without employee engagement.
While employee engagement can be defined differently by industry leaders and researchers, engagement is generally understood as the ability of individuals to create and maintain genuine interest and involvement in something.
So, engagement with wellness in the workplace means actively being a part of a company’s culture of wellness. Most importantly, true employee engagement involves upper management’s encouragement and embrace of employee input in the design and execution of wellness programs and in the fostering of an organization’s wellness culture. This allows for the development of a comprehensive culture of health and well-being for employees and can address:
Health risk factors
Relationship to the work environment
Training and leadership
When employees are engaged at every step of the company’s wellness journey, they are not only energized to engage with the culture, but are also empowered to spread this culture of wellness beyond their immediate circles.
“Engagement drives culture and culture drives an employee’s buy-in to the success of their company”
-Gabby Lubin, CEO & Founder of Spark This Day
Here at Spark This Day, we are working to promote a workplace culture that is not only engaging but empowers, energizes, and nourishes. We do this through our wellness pathways AND our dialogues on wellness. Learn more here!