Corporate Wellness and Wellbeing
Besides there being a legal and morale case for Corporate Wellbeing and Wellness, there is also an extremely good business case. People, undoubtedly are the key to success of high performing teams and companies. Top level sports teams and Elite military services from around the world have always known the critical ingredients for top performing teams. Such organisations invest vast amounts of time, money, research and effort recruiting, selecting, training and retaining only the best. Once employed, there is an on-going and ever-evolving process, often referred to as Human Performance. This continuous process enables these organisations to get the very best from individuals and teams. In essence, Human Performance seeks to identify, remove and mitigate barriers to maximising overall performance. Many champion athletes and elite military services have a less publicised support network behind them which is integral to outstanding success. Human Performance also strives to increase the career duration of such, elite personnel to gain a higher return on investment.
It is no surprise that many of the top performing companies have implemented a similar concept in the form of Corporate Wellness programmes. Corporate Wellness programmes and Human Performance are designed to achieve similar outcomes, though in different contexts. Companies operating in the UK also have to comply with the 'Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974' and the employers common law "duty of care" to employees. The Health, Safety, and Wellbeing of employees, relates not only to physical harm, but also psychological injury too. As a result, Corporate Wellness programmes should examine mechanisms to help prevent damage in the first place and provide a rehabilitative process should any damage occur. As with Human Performance, Corporate Wellness programmes have to remove factors that hamper individual and team performance. Such factors could be physical or mental stress, Musculoskeletal (MSK) aches, and pains, psychological (workplace bullying) or any number of other factors. In essence, Physical, Mental, Emotional, Social, Environmental and Spiritual health or wellbeing. Each of these variables or any combination thereof can have a detrimental impact on performance and result in stress to the body, which longer term can lead to serious health issues. Further details on the way the human body deals with stress can be accessed here.
There has been a great deal of research over the past few decades concerning wellbeing at work and the close links to welfare and life in general. Studies have shown links between negative employee wellbeing the detrimental impact to business.
Impacts of negative employee wellbeing
- Reduced productivity.
- Increased sickness and absenteeism.
- Increased mistakes and errors.
- Increased labour turnover.
- Increased disciplinary and grievance incidents.
- Lower quality of customer service.
- Lower morale and a more negative company atmosphere.
- Increased internal conflicts.
- Unhappy workers tend to be less healthy in general.
All of the factors associated with adverse employee wellbeing have a direct impact on overall company performance. Furthermore, astute employees are now seeking out companies who offer Corporate Wellness programmes and not just the bulk standard gym membership and private medical insurance. Corporate Wellness does not have to be expensive and can cost as little as making a room available on-site. Depending on the company size and budget, a standard office room could be set up as a day clinic once a week, bi-weekly or monthly according to demand. Alternatively, large campus type businesses may choose to set up a dedicated clinic room for employee health and wellbeing purposes. Companies then have a choice as to whether or not to subsidise employee treatment costs, as part of company health, safety, and wellbeing policy. There are many advantages to having a professionally run Primary Care Practitioner Pop-Up clinic on-site or campus.
Advantages of an on-site Pop-Up Clinic
- Excellent return on investment, due to low cost to the organisation.
- Measurable Return on Investment
- Easily scalable Pop-Up Clinic presence.
- Independent nature of practitioners, allows employees to be frank and honest.
- Early prevention and intervention
- Regulated and Registered Practitioner(s) on site.
- Customised Education and Advice on prevention as standard.
- Training, knowledge and experience of multiple interventions.
- Less stress due to employees not being required to travel off-site for treatment.
- Highly trained and qualified Practitioner(s).
- Evidence-Based Practice.
- Professional Referral Network.
Corporate Wellness is far more than work-related posture. In actual, fact there is very little to no evidence that there is any such thing as a "Gold Standard" correct posture. As with most things, too much of any one thing can have a detrimental effect on health, and wellbeing. Too much load on the Musculoskeletal (MSK) System frequently leads to problems and many jobs require a high degree of computer work and telephone use. In essence, moderation and flexibility is the key. Employees usually have hobbies or interests outside of work and in their day to day life. Activities, performed outside of work can have a both positive or negative knock-on effects to performance at work, and there can even be Work-related Health and Safety implications. If an injury sustained outside of the workplace is made worse through work activities, then this can result in Work-related Health and Safety claims. Having a Primary Care health practitioner on-site can help in a preventive way, and in many respects provide an early intervention system. Our practitioners look at a number of highly related aspects of wellbeing, during an initial consultation including; Physical, Mental, Emotional, Social, Environmental and Spiritual health. Such an approach enables the practitioner to identify and provide the most appropriate and effective form of intervention for the patient/employee. In some cases, this may mean a referral to another discipline such as a General Practitioner, Counsellor or other appropriate and suitably qualified professional.