Integrating workable wellness into organisations

Integrating workable wellness into organisations

Expertise in wellness integration means better strategic outcomes for your organisation.

Meaningful workplace initiatives that are implemented, actioned and monitored will not only cultivate a healthy and positive workplace culture, as discussed in the article titled What is a wellness initiative? they also enhance sustainability. Workable initiatives are more likely to result in outcomes that are sustainable. In addition to the common wellness programs consisting of activities, workshops, posters of reminders and in-house challenges, here are some inspiring examples of how wellness is being integrated into organisations to change lives, workplaces and strategic outcomes, in a range of industries across the globe.

Example 1: Health and Safety

A consulting and training organisation that specialises in health and safety management plans is upskilling its team of trainers to include wellbeing as part of their management proposals to organisations. This initiative has allowed them to add wellness to their corporate training offerings and secure a nationwide contract to deliver safety, health and wellbeing training sessions across the country.

Example 2: Health Care

A multi-site health care organisation has a wellness program. It consists of a committee and a lot of activities for the employees but lacked a common thread. The organisation wants to support employee wellbeing by regaining a focus that helps their employees avoid burnout.

Their wellness leader will conduct internal employee surveys to confirm the priority needs of the employees and align these with the strategic goals and objectives of the organisation to increase engagement and become an employer of choice. From here they will develop and implement a program that provides measurable results that add value to employee wellbeing and decrease workers compensation costs. This will include workspace design changes.

Example 3: Hotel Management Solutions

Almost every major hotel corporation has taken an interest in the wellness traveller based on an increased demand by business travellers seeking to maintain a healthy lifestyle with wellness options when they travel.  The CEO of a hotel management wanted a wellness approach will be an added value for the guests in his clients’ hotels to differentiate in a saturated hospitality market. The strategic integration of wellness is being driven into the guest experience, from marketing, sales, concierge, rooms division and food and beverage departments, through to housekeeping, fitness and of course, the spa.

Example 4: Community Support

A community organisation that supports those that have experienced domestic violence is utilising a scholarship program combined with funds raised from community events, to put one of their long-term volunteers through an accredited Leadership Program where the student works with their expert mentor to create an 8-week wellbeing program. The program will be delivered by 30 trainers across the various refuges for women and children as part of the support services provided by the organisation. The organisation has accessed government funding for the ongoing delivery of the program.

Example 5: Aesthetics Laser Facility

An aesthetics and laser facility knew that their patients wanted to improve their level of wellness when they booked in for their treatments. The team is somewhat wellness-oriented however, the managing director is looking for a structured framework to provide both an ongoing employee training program for their own wellbeing, and to add greater value to the patient experience. The vision is that when a patient leaves the clinic, they are not only looking and feeling better, but they are also living better.

Example 6: Urban Spa Chain

An urban spa chain wants to add wellness into their customer offerings. They will review the current spa menu and devise the project plan of how they can integrate wellness effectively by synthesising the principles of wellness with the current menu offerings. The plan ensures that the treatments are priced correctly and the delivery cycle ensures both a quality guest journey and a profitable bottom line for the business.

Example 7: Supermarket

The marketing department of a supermarket chain knows that the public is demanding healthy alternatives of product offerings. New and healthier products are added into the business strategy and the employee wellness program that includes immediate family members will be launched to ensure that the business doesn’t lose it’s ‘social responsibility’ image.

Example 8: Global Wholesaler

A skin care and nutritional products company looking to increase market share as a wholesaler is integrating the principles of wellness into its ethos and its core product offering. Adding value to the already valuable product knowledge training and support that they deliver to their retailers is fundamental for achieving their goal of differentiating themselves from their competitors and gaining traction with market share growth. Their global business development manager has identified a trainer within the team to lead the initiative, starting with formulating the wellness policy and framework that will drive the 3-year roll out plan.

Example 9: Retreat

A health and lifestyle retreat has their entire business devoted to wellness programs for their guests. The retreat has a plethora of activities and professional knowledge available for customers, however, the employees and contractors are so busy taking care of their guests that their own work/life is actually imbalanced. Their wellness leader has a team that is already committed to wellness so his goal is to drive a common philosophy of wellness within this particular workplace and to cultivate a healthier culture for the employees to support work/life balance. He is doing this through the review and updating of daily policies and procedures and importantly, how these are carried out in the daily operations to add to the wellbeing of the team members and avoid the effects of burnout.

Example 10: Integrated Health Centre

A health and wellbeing centre with 30 practitioners is opening in 2019 and the Director wants to have an expert in wellness strategy and management on the team to create innovative partnerships with local organisations. The vision is that the centre will provide practical solutions for local businesses that extends further than selling memberships. One of his team members is a yoga instructor with a strong background in administration and he had her earmarked to be developed to fit the role of wellbeing manager and consultant. Being a small business, the ASWA business solutions team worked with the owners to access government funding through small business grants that are available. This provided 50% of the funds required to develop and execute the business strategy.

Example 11: Manufacturer

A global manufacturing company has plants in varying countries and work conditions that has recently experienced restructuring and redundancies. The company will have its wellness leader work with their EAP provider to support employees through these changes. Their vision is to become an employer of choice through the introduction of new policies and procedures in the next year that support this vision, including flexible working conditions and whole family access to wellbeing benefits.  The yearly planning cycle will coincide with the roll out of the employee wellbeing program that will complement the safety and risk management strategy. The ASWA Wellness Tracker is used to establish the benchmark at the beginning of the rollout and at key checkpoints throughout the roll out and at the end of the first year. Each employee, irrelevant of location, can access the online wellness program and community group on facebook for additional support.

Example 12: Vocational Training Provider

The CEO of a vocational training organisation that offers management and business qualifications knows that the students want jobs upon graduation. The CEO aims to use wellness as a strategic advantage in selling its graduates to employers. The Diploma of Wellness Leadership Program will be added to their scope of registration to provide their students with sought-after life and management skills. Employers would know that each graduate was truly ‘fit for work’ in today’s dynamic world where resilience, mindfulness and agility are essential skills for success.

Example 13: School

The Principal of a school is aware that parents are wanting the administration and faculty team members to support the health and wellbeing of their children. The school has started a wellbeing program for students as supplementary to the required curriculum however, to become a preferred employer as well as to build the reputation of the school as excelling in both academics and life, they are driving wellness from the core of the organisation. Starting with the administration and support teams, they will then move to the teaching teams and beyond, to integrate the new vision and create a healthier and happier culture that will be felt by the parents, students and the community.

Example 14: Law Firm

A law firm knows that law graduates are looking for an employee wellness program as one of the top three criteria when considering employers upon graduation. They will have their wellness leader create an induction and training program that provides the principles of wellness life skills for each graduate. The firm’s policies and procedures will be reviewed to integrate wellness into the daily constructs of the employee experience. The vision of the partners of the firm is that, not only will they be a preferred employer for attracting the best legal talent, but the innate philosophy and culture will add value to the legal experience of their valued clients.

Example 15: Finance Call Centre

As a result of increased abuse from customers, front-line workers in the finance industry have been experiencing increased stress levels that are negatively impacting the wellbeing of team members. Managers are empowering themselves with wellness and strategic leadership skills to enable themselves to support the wellbeing of their team members (and their own wellbeing).

Wellness Partnerships

Partnering with ASWA provides a genuine solution to wellness for any industry and for organisations looking to become an employer of choice. Employees will learn a host of practical solutions for reducing workplace stress and improving overall wellbeing, essential skills for meeting the demands of the modern, dynamic workforce. Employers benefit from having more productive, focused and engaged employees, with the option of having an accredited Wellness Leader as an in-house wellness expert to develop a workable strategy relevant to your industry, and cultivate a wellness culture from within the organisation for sustainability.

Call us now on 1300 342 191 to discuss wellness solutions for integrating wellness into your organisation.

Angela Derks, ND is the Founder and CEO of the Australasian Sustainable Wellness Academy (ASWA) - the award winning accredited leader of wellness training and consulting services for organisations. Her life’s work is helping people achieve optimal health, wellbeing and business success through skills-based learning and healthy leadership strategies. She is the lead developer of the nationally recognised Diploma of Wellness qualification, delivering relevant skills to effectively integrate evidence-based wellness and management practices into organisations. ASWA's wellness integration approach empowers and enables individuals and organisations to achieve wellbeing and performance for sustainable success.

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