The pandemic and “the Great Resignation” have businesses worldwide more interested than ever in the mental health and wellbeing of their employees. Employees are also more concerned about their physical health and well-being.  Many employees, especially younger ones, will only consider working for companies that are investing in programs that address their mental and physical wellbeing.

A 2021 study from MetLife identified employee wellbeing as the factor that will have the biggest impact on the office of the future. Nearly 72% of employees responding to the survey ranked work-life management and programs among their top five desired benefits to improve well-being.

Mental health struggles accelerated and worsened during the pandemic, especially among younger workers. Nearly half of young adults experienced mental health decline during the pandemic’s second year, seriously impairing their ability to relate to and interact with others, according to a May 2022 report from Sapien Labs.

In response, many companies have increased their investment in mental health resources to address job burnout, onsite violence, and workplace injury.  In a recent Forbes article, Mind Share Partners says companies with the most effective approaches to mental health “integrate it into their ongoing business activities, such as employee onboarding, leadership communications, performance management, manager training, and engagement surveys.”

Successful workplace wellness programs are driven by management commitment, solid research, planning, employee buy-in and participation.  Among the many benefits of employee wellness programs are healthier employees, reduced sick days, improved morale/productivity, and reduced absenteeism. A recent Harvard Study found employers save $3.27  in reduced healthcare costs and another $2.73 in reduced absenteeism for every dollar they spend on wellness programs.

“Workplace wellness is directly tied to an employee’s physical space, so the space should be designed to ensure their health, comfort and productivity,” said Sheldon Oppermann, Compass Properties Executive Vice President. “While wellness programs have typically been implemented primarily by larger corporations, we can help facilitate wellness initiatives for all of our tenants through the amenities we offer. These run the gamut from workout and commuter bicycle facilities to walking trails, healthy food options and areas suitable for office pets.”