How Workplaces Can Shift Towards Holistic Wellbeing Ahead Of Returning To Work

By Heather Greene

Wellness is finally becoming top of mind for workplaces and people alike. Perhaps this is a silver lining of COVID-19. The idea of wellness at work was historically focused on benefit plans or meeting the needs of one’s physical health. But today we know that is not enough. As we begin to come back to the office, it is critical that organizations establish trust. This means stepping up to do more than just mitigating a virus, but also taking action to support holistic wellbeing.

In May 2020, The Kaiser Family Foundation found that more than half of Americans reported the current pandemic was harming their mental health. The impact and fallout of this is still yet to be seen, but workplaces have an opportunity to act now. Recognizing the impacts of emotional and cognitive health will be just as important as addressing those associated with physical health.

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