The Top 5 Workplace Wellness Trends For 2022

The Top 5 Workplace Wellness Trends For 2022

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1. Mental health wellbeing solutions will continue to grow

The pandemic has exacerbated long-standing challenges pertaining to mental health and emotional well-being – including access, stigma, quality, and resources. Overall mental health worsened under the pandemic, and that’s expected to be an area of continued focus for employers, according to a report from Business Group on Health.

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1. Mental health wellbeing solutions will continue to grow

COVID-19 has resulted in prolonged periods of anxiety and stress, burnout, and the substance use disorder (SUD) crisis. Employers are investing in online resources and digital health solutions to ensure more workers can access behavioral healthcare. However, emerging mental health challenges are set to be an incoming hurdle.

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2. Health equity will come into the spotlight

Health disparities became far more scrutinized during the pandemic, which will be a key consideration for employers. Health inequities can prevent people from accessing the care they need, impacting their ability to manage chronic conditions and severe acute needs. To address health inequities in 2022, employers will offer 

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2. Health equity will come into the spotlight

inclusive and affordable health benefits and well-being programs, as well as seek representative provider networks. Employers are analyzing health disparities globally by addressing implicit bias and systemic racism to mitigate differences in health status, emotional well-being, health outcomes, and mortality across 

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2. Health equity will come into the spotlight

the entirety of the workforce, including those in under-resourced or marginalized groups.

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3. The future of workforce well-being will accelerate

Leading employers will continue to drive the evolution of the workforce, including how and where employees work. Well-being/wellness resources will need to shift accordingly.  In the new year, employers will ideally remain focused on programs that support psychological and workplace safety, remote or hybrid work, and leave-related impacts.

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3. The future of workforce well-being will accelerate

According to the report, employers will continue to take into consideration their employees’ interests and focus purposefully on health equity, go beyond behavior change and alter the circumstances that shape physical and mental health, and increase the trust employees have in their employers in terms of safety, health, and well-being

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4. Holistic wellness practices will become more popular for the workplace

The pandemic brought about many changes and new ways of thinking, and companies are starting to realize that workplace wellness needs to go beyond physical and mental health. There are 7 dimensions of wellness: social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, occupational, intellectual, and physical

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4. Holistic wellness practices will become more popular for the workplace

Organizations need to ensure that they are providing a robust wellness program that addresses all of these dimensions. Programs that help individuals manage and cope with stress and depression will become more commonplace, as will programs that help employees with financial wellness and reskilling efforts.

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4. Holistic wellness practices will become more popular for the workplace

Providing holistic programs and benefits shows employees that a company cares not just about their work performance, but also about their overall life satisfaction. As work and life become increasingly intertwined with one another, these types of programs will help companies attract and retain talent.

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5. Financial wellness will become more important

An emerging trend in workplace wellness is a focus on financial wellness. Many people were impacted financially by the pandemic and are still trying to recover, and financial worries are becoming a major driver of employee stress. A survey found that 37% of employees live paycheck to 

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5. Financial wellness will become more important

paycheck and of those, 57% say they are struggling financially and have suffered in the last two years. Even more, one in four employees say their finances have worsened over just the last six months. Research shows that providing the financial wellness support employees are looking for can 

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positively impact employee engagement and loyalty, so it’s a win-win for both employees and employers.

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