Employee health and wellness is an increasingly important consideration for employees and employers. Physical fitness crazes have had broad appeal in recent decades, reflecting a general increase in health and fitness awareness among the U.S. population.
The COVID-19 pandemic also reminded people around the globe of how vulnerable our health can be and served as a tragic reminder of the health risks of certain underlying conditions linked to unhealthy lifestyles, such as obesity and smoking.
There are 5 Workplace Wellness Trends in 2023 that were suggested by Laura Putnam, a workplace well-being expert, public speaker, and author of Workplace Wellness That Works:
Hybrid work will be here to stay
After experiencing the new freedom and flexibility that remote and hybrid work offered during the pandemic, many employees are loathe to give it up. Amid a tight labor market employers are finding that they need to provide this flexibility if they wish to attract and retain top talent.
The rise of the four-day workweek
It’s not only flexibility in where they work that today’s employees are demanding, but also when and how long they work. The four-day workweek is likely to become more commonplace in 2023 as companies vie to be competitive in a tight labor market.
Mental well-being has taken center stage
Burnout, depression and anxiety are at record levels. Employers are stepping up to address this trend recognizing that they may hold the key to helping employees improve their mental health. This is likely to be a priority in 2023.
The labor movement will grow
With employees still in the driver’s seat, they will continue to use their leverage to create stronger unions across many different sectors.
Well-being is a shared responsibility
As recently shared by Francis deSouza, CEO of Illumina, at a recent CEO roundtable hosted by Fortune and Salesforce, “Employee wellness is an imperative. It is one of the criteria that people use to choose a job and whether or not to stay at a job or not.”
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