How COVID-19 Pandemic has Changed the Facets of Corporate Wellness Initiatives?

HR Tech Outlook | Thursday, March 18, 2021

Employers are now acknowledging the need to have more in-office and at-home health screenings to recognize people who have or are at risk of developing chronic conditions.

Fremont, CA: In so many ways, the coronavirus pandemic has affected everybody. The health crisis brought 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 emphasis that employees have put on their health in the aftermath of the pandemic, another aspect of work that the crisis will impact is corporate wellness.

These shifts have changed the focus of corporate wellness to meet the health needs of an increasingly remote workforce. As a result, companies must alter their corporate wellness plans to concentrate more on three main areas:

Focus on Mental Health

In the COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 era, employee well-being programs will concentrate on delivering more mental health measures to help workers deal with these volatile times. While mental health services have long been a part of workplace well-being, the pandemic has reinforced the need to step it up.

As a result, these mental health services are more critical than ever for workers. Making jobs more versatile is a common strategy used by many employers. Many businesses have increased their remote work policies to give their staff more flexibility and a better work-life balance.

Top 10 Employee Wellness Consulting/Service Companies - 2020Employers must check in with their employees regularly and create an online forum where employees can connect daily from their different home offices. Good communication often necessitates appropriate preparation for HR leaders for them to recognize and react to behaviors that reflect mental health issues.

Employers would also likely expand employee access to employee assistance programs (EAPs), which provide mental health counseling and services. Both initiatives will provide mental health counseling for remote workers who are struggling to cope with their employment and mental health recovery services for workers who are using alcohol and drugs to cope with their health problems. Employees with mental health issues may also benefit from these services, which provide counseling and therapy sessions.

Focus on Population Health Management

Chronic disease will be a greater priority in the future of occupational health. Preventing, treating, and improving chronic illness in the workplace will receive more attention. Employers can boost healthcare coverage and access to medical facilities, particularly for these high-risk groups. Employers should also change their health plans to include more proactive activities such as on-site fitness courses, gym memberships, exercise breaks, cigarette prevention programs, and nutritional wellness programs.

Employers are now acknowledging the need to have more in-office and at-home health screenings to recognize people who have or are at risk of developing chronic conditions. Wearable technology may become more common as a result of the increased demand for these screenings. Employers will spend more money on wearable devices and mobile platforms that enable workers to monitor their health and take preventative measures to reduce their health risks.

Employers would also provide staff with information and tools to help them embrace the lifestyle and dietary choices that encourage immunity, as immunity became a buzzword during the pandemic.

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 likely 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. Employers are using smartphone apps and websites that offer healthy options as a result of the pandemic.

In the future, employees would more likely have more access to telemedicine or telehealth facilities. Although telemedicine has been around for a while, the pandemic highlighted its significance by preventing hospital visits due to stay-at-home restrictions and the suspension of non-COVID-19-related medical care. After the pandemic has passed, telemedicine will continue to be a more convenient choice for workers seeking non-emergency treatment while also reducing their exposure to health risks.

See also: Top Corporate Wellness Solution Companies

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