Workplace wellbeing trends 2022

Workplace wellbeing is evolving from a ‘fluffy nice to have’ to an essential offering, particularly when attracting new talent.

According to a new report from Bupa Global, businesses across the UK are set to up their spending on employee wellbeing in 2022, but what initiatives should they be investing in?

Here’s our key workforce wellbeing trends for 2022 to help your organisation stay ahead of the game:

  1. Healthy hybrid working

It’s a well-known fact that hybrid working is on the rise, with two in five employers expected to have adopted a hybrid approach by 2023. Gone are the days of treating WFH as a novelty – hybrid is here to stay and the shift calls for greater work-life support for employees.

Organisations should consider introducing new training opportunities in areas such as maintaining a healthy work-life balance, digital wellbeing, colleague connection and mental health awareness in a remote world.

  1. A rise in financial wellbeing support

Say goodbye to office ping pong tables and beer taps - employee’s perk preferences have changed, it’s time to ditch the irrelevant office perks and introduce benefits that make more sense. Financial wellbeing support being one of them – data reveals that three in five employees have money worries that affect their ability to effectively do their job.

By providing help with the likes of basic financial planning, budgeting, debt management and advice on student loan repayments, organisations can reduce employee stress, while boosting engagement and loyalty – a win-win!

  1. Leaders need to LISTEN

Gone are the days of relying on HR to gather employee feedback or simply guessing what staff want, it’s time for leaders to listen to their people and gather actionable insights to inform their wellbeing strategy. Using tools such as anonymous wellbeing assessments, you can paint a true picture of where your workforce is at – how healthy are they? Are they stressed? How productive do they feel?

Failing to listen fairly is likely to add to the ongoing ‘Great Resignation’ – heard of it? It’s a phrase used to describe almost half of the worldwide workforce that are found to be actively planning to resign this year, partly prompted by burnout caused by the pandemic. There’s never been more of a need for employee’s input - quit guessing and do the research that’s required.

  1. Diversity, equality and inclusivity

DEI may have made headway in 2020 and 2021 however there are still many companies that are yet to fully invest in an effective diversity, equality and inclusivity strategy and make it a priority on their daily agenda. If your business is one of them, it’s time to up the ante.

If you haven’t already noticed, the pressure on employers is rapidly increasing with staff wanting to see real action and their companies commitment to improving DEI initiatives.

Making your workplace diverse in all areas including culture, experience, age, gender and education level not only elevates company success, it creates a better workplace culture, helps employees to feel better and increases productivity.

  1. Have FUN!

While we don’t have any specific stats for this one, we think you’ll agree that something many workplaces have been lacking since the pandemic is an element of fun.

Here at Key Wellbeing we’re all about being playful, open minded, light hearted and joyful. We want to encourage businesses to make FUN a key part of their wellbeing strategy going forward and in turn benefit from a more positive working environment, better employee engagement and a mental health boost.

Key Wellbeing can help you set up for a year of success in 2022 with a winning wellbeing strategy that helps your staff to feel safe, supported, healthy and happy at work. Get in touch to find out more.