Many employers are planning to start the new year off by prioritizing their employees’ physical, mental, and financial health. The top five predicted employee wellness trends include:
- Alleviating employee burnout. Many factors can lead to employee burnout such as toxic workplaces, difficult hours, conflict, lack of recognition, and more. However, there are a variety of ways that employers are battling burnout. Offering flexible work arrangements, advocating for strong work-life balances, communicating openly, and providing employee assistance programs are all ways that employers are taking the initiative to boost their employees’ mental well-being.
- Encouraging the use of technology. In 2024, experts expect apps to expand beyond fitness tracking and offer mindfulness exercises, nutrition coaching, and customized wellness goals. In addition to apps, digital health platforms, wearable health technology, and artificial intelligence solutions have improved and altered the wellness arena in the past few years. Having up-to-date, personalized, and accurate health data may allow employees to understand their health better and make more educated health-related decisions.
- Improving financial wellness programs. Financial wellness is an area that can always be built upon within employee benefits. Employees are looking for additional support regarding how to build emergency savings, prepare for retirement, choose the correct health insurance, reduce debt, and more. Employers who provide financial education and support will stand apart for job seekers.
- Advocating for holistic wellness. Holistic wellness programs are comprised of many parts, which may include mental health, physical health, financial health, nutrition, screenings, fertility, and more. Offering a program that rounds out wellness has the potential to lead to better health outcomes and happier employees.
- Creating a positive company culture. It is no secret that employees would rather work for a company that cares for its employees. By emphasizing wellness, employers improve their company culture, workplace relationships, and employee well-being.