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Well-Being and Engagement

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Research shows that the healthier employees are in terms of well-being, the higher the levels of engagement, and the higher the engagement, the healthier the workforce. So, what can employers do to improve well-being and engagement? Providing enhanced tools and resources around well-being is something many employers may want to consider this year.

Here are a few growing trends in 2022 as companies work to recruit and retain workers and improve employee health.

  1. Mental health solutions. The COVID pandemic has exacerbated long-standing challenges pertaining to mental health and emotional well-being — including access, stigma, quality and resources.

More employers are investing in online resources and digital health solutions to ensure more workers can access behavioral health care.

2. Safety, health and well-being. Leading employers will continue to drive the evolution of the workforce, including how and where employees work.

Many employers will remain focused on programs that support psychological and workplace safety, remote or hybrid work and leave-related impacts.

Experts say 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,

3. Holistic wellness. 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.

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.

4. Financial wellness. 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.

Research shows that providing the financial wellness support employees are looking for can positively impact employee engagement and loyalty, so it’s a win-win for both employees and employers.

In this issue of the MBA Business Magazine, we’ll explore workplace health and wellness resources in the tri-state region, including the accessibly to comprehensive cardiac care at UPMC Hamot in Erie. In addition, we’ll talk to the new president and executive director of EmergyCare about the organization’s mission and life-saving services.

Plus, hear from our experts on such topics as reducing stress for your team by utilizing effective leadership skills, and how you can take control of prescription drug pricing with a few practical solutions.

To learn more about the ways the MBA can assist your organization, visit mbausa.org!