Workplace Wellness Trends in 2022
Living through a pandemic for over two years has put things in perspective for employers across the nation. With the added and constant stress caused by Covid-19, Canadians’ physical and mental health was deteriorating, whether you’ve ever tested positive or not.
Though they can’t put a full stop to the devastating virus, companies realized that they can still do their part in bettering their employee’s wellness.
Read on to hear about this year’s workplace wellness trends.
Workplace wellness trends 2022
- Mental health
- Stress management
- Financial wellness
If there’s one thing we learned from the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s the importance of mental health. For so long physical health has been prioritized over mental health. The uncertainty and tragedies caused by the pandemic put Canadians’ mental health at risk and exacerbated the mental health of those already struggling.
In response, employers are introducing new perks and benefits such as in-office mindfulness meditation sessions and expanding benefit packages to include mental health services.
In 2019 Statistics Canada reported that 14.5% or approximately 4.6 million Canadians 12 years or older said they do not have a regular health care provider. Even with our universal health care system, there are still many barriers to accessing healthcare within Canada. Some of these obstacles include:
- Limited knowledge of the healthcare system
- Transportation barriers
- Limited appointment availability
- Clinician shortages due to geographic location
- Social determinants
While some of these barriers require further reform of the healthcare system, telehealth or telemedicine can help improve access to medical care. Many companies are expanding their benefits packages to include health services through telehealth.
With this addition, employees can access the care they need without long commutes to their doctor’s office or worry about potential exposure to covid and other illnesses. Better access to healthcare means happier and healthier employees!
Likewise, with mental health, companies are seeking out strategies to reduce employee stress.
The last couple of years have opened employers’ eyes to the devastating effects stress can have on the body and mind. Though stress in healthy amounts can be beneficial, the pandemic pushed many employees past their breaking points. Due to mass layoffs, companies were understaffed, and the remaining employees were forced to carry this burden. People were also worried about loved ones, and some even had to take on the role of caregiver.
To prevent burnout, employers offer perks such as initiatives to help parents and caregivers or implement work-life balance policies to encourage employees to unplug while at home.
Along with physical and mental health, personal finances are essential to wellness. Many Canadians faced a decrease in work hours, reduced wages/salary and even layoffs in response to covid-19. This uncertainty had many worried if they would see another paycheck. With inflation at a record high, prices are increasing, but wages aren’t. Because of this, employers are focusing on helping staff improve or maintain their finances.
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