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Over the last few years, individuals have been focusing on their personal wellbeing. Similar to individuals, organizations are now meeting their employees where they are and have made a pivot from focusing on only corporate social responsibility to total company well-being.
The definition of corporate wellness is simple: it is any program designed to encourage healthier lifestyle choices for your workplace. A study by the University of Louisville found that every dollar invested in a wellness program generated $7 in healthcare savings.
Organizations shouldn’t be intimidated to establish a corporate wellness program. There is no one-size-fits-all solution as wellness means different things to different people. We found the seven dimensions of wellness, created by the University of California Riverside, that provide a great foundation. Companies should create solutions to help their employees strive towards balance in each:
- Social Wellness is the ability to relate to and connect with other people in our world.
- Emotional Wellness is the ability to understand ourselves and cope with the challenges life can bring.
- Spiritual Wellness is the ability to establish peace and harmony in our lives.
- Environmental Wellness is the ability to recognize our own responsibility for the quality of the air, the water and the land that surrounds us.
- Occupational Wellness is the ability to get personal fulfillment from our jobs or our chosen career fields while still maintaining balance in our lives.
- Intellectual Wellness is the ability to open our minds to new ideas and experiences that can be applied to personal decisions, group interaction and community betterment.
- Physical Wellness is the ability to maintain a healthy quality of life that allows us to get through our daily activities without undue fatigue or physical stress.
Read the full article about corporate well-being by Lauretta Jaye at TriplePundit.