Employee well-being is one of the top priorities on the corporate agenda as companies and their boards connect and correlate the success of their business to the well–being of their people. The Covid-19 pandemic accelerated this trend dramatically. And as employees, whether at home or on site, confronted new barriers, new models of support and care emerged.
From the C-suite to the shop floor employers recognized that providing early and frequent well-being support is not only the right thing to do, it also leads to a more engaged workforce. Our global Health on Demand 2021 research shows that employees who feel well supported and have access to wide range of benefits are more productive, better engaged, and less likely to leave their jobs.
Forward-looking and innovative firms continue to evolve and foster new ideas on how to create a culture of health that promotes the well-being of all employees. Speaking at a Mercer Marsh Benefits webinar, Bernie Knobbe, SVP, Global Benefits & Well-being, Human Resources at AECOM shared some of the creative initiatives the firm has launched to create what he calls a “culture of caring”.
Key initiatives included:
Reflecting on the changes Bernie said: “ROI represents two things, it's return on investment, but it's also return on individual. One of the positives coming out this is that there's nobody who's saying well-being isn't important or worthy of the investment anymore.
“Clients and customers are asking, ‘what are you doing around well-being for your employees?’ So it really has become part of the vocabulary versus just an HR program or a one-time benefits strategic project or initiative. And to me, that’s when we’ve truly arrived."