In the last two years, we have seen a dramatic increase in companies moving towards fully remote for their employees. Which certainly has its benefits, but comes with its own challenges, particularly around building company culture and employee cohesion. With employees working from home and all around the country, and sometimes the world, it can be hard to feel connected to one another. There are no after work happy hours, water cooler chats, or informal connection beyond the computer. This can lend itself to challenges to build company culture and cohesion.
Additionally, an emphasis on wellness has also garnered extra attention in the past two years. With high employee burnout, the Great Recession, increased mental health challenges and other contributing factors, wellness has become a new priority for many companies. In fact, “nearly 80% of benefits specialists and HR leaders say they have prioritized the health and well-being of employees in 2020…” (Wooldridge, 2021).
It is imperative that when considering how to use a wellness program that the company also thinks about how to infuse wellness into the culture. Wellness needs to be a priority all year round and modeled from the leadership. It can also be leveraged to build community.