Corporate Wellness Programs
A recent Aflac Workplace Employee Wellness Report shows that 54% of employees have a company sponsored wellness activity program. This is up from 32% in 2012. And of those offering a new or emerging wellness at work program like Blue Mind Wellness, over half said that the service has reduced overall employee health costs. Additionally, among team members offered a wellness program, 61% agree that they’ve made healthier lifestyle choices because of their organization’s wellness program. And perhaps most important, participants who participated in wellness program activities offered by their workplaces had higher levels of job satisfaction and engagement. So the question is not whether a wellness option or program can help team members, it is which experience is right for your own team and organization’s culture. Human Wellness is the New Corporate Wellness
A 2016 study conducted by LinkedIn reported that younger staff members tend to change jobs four times in the first ten years of their career. This means that the average tenure of an employee is only about two years. This is a wake up call for organizations needing to boost retention and loyalty. More than eighty companies in Austin, TX now offer wellness programs and are making progress through a culture of wellness. Wellness directors now need to look at a variety of programs and wellness activities that fit their own workplace culture to help increase employee engagement and reduce turnover. Companies such as Indeed offer many new options on-site and off-site to boost employee wellness. Patrick Mercer, Assistant VP and Wellness Director for Frost Bank says, “Our employees are our biggest asset, we’d rather provide benefits that individuals care about so we ask, what do you want?” Mercer says, “ultimately you want to bring the best version of yourself to work so if you prioritize healthy habits, mindfulness, resilience and community then you’ll take these values outside of the office and extend them to friends and family.”
What is Blue Mind Wellness?
Why are humans so attracted to lakes, rivers, oceans and other types of water? Blue Mind is wellness science, which has proven that being close to, on, in or even under the water can help us to be happier, healthier, better connected and performing humans at home and at work. What’s your water? What’s the water that you dream about and long for? Who took you there in the past?
The landmark bestseller Blue Mind, by Wallace J. Nichols helps us understand the remarkable effects of water in all of its shapes and forms on our health and well-being.
Since we are primarily made of water and the planet we call home is more than 70% covered in water this makes sense. Our physiology is hardwired to respond positively to water and water in its many forms can help us enhance mindfulness. Water is one of our oldest forms of medicine for physical, emotional and mental health.
“All of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea — whether it is to sail or to watch it — we are going back from whence we came.” John F. Kennedy
Water Can Fix What’s Broken
We reside on a blue planet mostly covered with oceans, lakes and rivers. And since our own bodies and the bodies of many species in the animal kingdom are made of water and depend upon it for survival, what we do on this planet matters, especially our actions related to water.
Humans have understood the therapeutic benefits of water since ancient times. Early civilizations like Rome knew that baths were not only culturally important but also offered healing and relaxation. Ayurveda, Indian medicine, and traditional Chinese medicine, prescribe water for balancing the physical and mental body. Rivers have been known as sacred places and water has been a symbol of rebirth and cleansing. Our desire to be near aquatic environments may be explained by waters role in our evolutionary history. Clean water has always been critical to human survival. And remember, you were once floating in the saline water of your mother’s womb long before reading this.