What does wellness have to do with employee engagement?

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It turns out, quite a bit.

By Pete Seljevold

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Consulting and Wellness Services

A culture of well-being can transform an entire organization. It creates a progression where employees feel cared for, which leads to higher engagement, productivity and retention.

That level of impact requires a couple of mind shifts from what’s traditionally considered “wellness.”

Mind Shift #1

Well-being goes beyond fitness and nutrition. It also includes social, emotional, community, professional and financial well-being.

Mind Shift #2

Focus less on individual behaviors and more on creating an environment for employees to succeed across the well-being spectrum.

Managers hold the key to well-being Support begins with your senior leadership, but your organization’s managers are the real influencers of employee well-being. Gallup says managers account for up to 70% of the variance in team members’ engagement in both work and wellness.

These three practices will help any manager incorporate well-being into the culture.

1. Lead by example
Actively participate in your own well-being to set the tone. That can elevate well-being for those around you and your organization.

2. Talk about well-being
Make well-being a regular part of a team conversations and watch people engage. Check in with a simple “How are you doing?” and “How can I help?” those two questions build important connections.

3. Tap into what you’re already doing
Build wellness norms into your workday. turn meetings into walking meetings. Start meetings with a social-connection activity. Serve healthy food at company events. get your team involved with generating ideas.

BCBSND partners with Motion Infusion to bring innovative strategies to elevate well-being for ND area businesses. The ideas presented in this article are based on Motion Infusion’s “Managers on the Move” program.

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