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Employee wellbeing services in the COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 period will concentrate on providing more mental health interventions to help workers cope with these unprecedented times.
FREMONT, CA: In so many ways, the coronavirus pandemic has impacted everybody. The health crisis ushered in substantial changes in the workplace for many workers, including a significant transition to remote work. Furthermore, as a result of the increased health consciousness and importance that employees have put on their health in the aftermath of the pandemic, another aspect of work that will be affected by the crisis is corporate wellness.
More than 70 percent of employees claim the pandemic has been the most difficult period of their working lives. The coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on workers' mental and physical health, from wage cuts to financial hardship to the loss of a loved one to the difficulty of balancing remote work with home obligations.
Including Virtual Wellness Offerings
The pandemic has exposed the need for HR leaders to deliver virtual wellness services, with most workers already working from home and possibly embracing remote work in the post-pandemic period. To meet the needs of the broad remote population, corporate wellness plans will now provide more online health options, such as interactive fitness courses, webinars, and mindfulness exercises.
Best Buy, for example, has a 16,000-square-foot on-site fitness facility that offers up to 15 weekly community workout classes to its 1,400 employees. The company soon adjusted to making these services available online due to the patchwork of stay-at-home constraints. On its Facebook page, Best Buy created a "Wellness Zone" to host regular live community workout classes, with the videos available for on-demand viewing by employees. Personal trainers communicate with employees through Zoom and Microsoft Teams to provide individualized workouts. More than 1,000 workers now communicate regularly to engage in the exercise sessions, according to the company's HealthFitness program manager.
More Focus on Mental Health
Employee wellbeing services in the COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 period will concentrate on providing more mental health interventions to help workers cope with these unprecedented times. While mental health services have long been a part of workplace wellbeing, the pandemic has reinforced the need to step it up.
People's mental well-being has deteriorated as a result of the pandemic and the subsequent loss of lives and economic devastation. Many people are turning to alcohol and substance addiction to cope with the burden of the pandemic, and those who already have mental health problems are finding it more difficult to handle. Furthermore, public health measures to contain the coronavirus, such as stay-at-home orders and quarantine laws, could hasten the pandemic's mental health effects.
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