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Employee Wellness: How You Can Help

Employee wellness is becoming an increasingly popular topic in the corporate world. Find out how to encourage mental wellness among employees.

Focusing on the overall health and happiness of your employees can make a huge difference in company morale, employee productivity and staff retention. While many programs currently focus on the physical health of employees, it is important to create a more holistic approach to employee wellness with the right programs and materials. EBSCO offers a variety of products that can supplement any program and help craft a well-rounded strategy to improve every facet of employee wellness.

Professional Training

Offering professional development opportunities can have a positive impact on the way that employees view their work and their role in a company. Professional training allows employees to enhance their skills and feel more valuable at work. In fact, 87% of millennials believe that professional development is very important to them at work. However, mandating that employees attend development programs has the potential to create added stress as their work piles up.

Offer employees the opportunity to learn on their own time with a platform such as Accel5. With Accel5, employees can develop critical soft skills such as leadership, communication, innovation, and even stress management, in under five minutes a day. Your employees will have the opportunity to learn from industry leaders such as Marshall Goldsmith, Daniel Pink and Liz Wiseman. All Accel5 lessons are actionable so employees can immediately put what they’ve learned into practice.

With the right tool, professional development can be a positive and rewarding experience that employees will want to participate in.

Personal Development

Your employees have goals and dreams outside of the office, as well. Many people would like to advance their personal growth, but do not have the tools or time to do so. By offering employees a product that will help them achieve their individual goals, you’re showing you truly care about their wellness.

Let employees explore their interests with EBSCO eBooks and Audiobooks. With these curated collections, employees can browse a vast library of titles that will pique their interest – from the Adult Award Winner Collection that features the top literary fiction and nonfiction, to the Great Business Minds collection that offers hundreds of books about famous businessmen and women from around the world, each employee is guaranteed to find an e-book that they won’t be able to put down.

When you invest in your employee’s professional learning, personal development, mental wellness and physical health, you are giving them all the tools that they need to succeed.

Mental Wellness

Although learning and development is critical for employee morale, it is also important to promote relaxation and mental wellness. There are many ways to accomplish this, including offering on-site yoga or meditation practices to help employees unwind, encouraging a healthier work-life balance (such as discouraging working late, and encouraging more vacations), creating a partner program to help employees deal with the stress of their jobs, posting mental health resources to your intranet, and more.

To create a culture that enhances the mental health of employees, you must give them the occasional break from work. Offer employees fun perks that won’t stress them out. With EBSCO’s Flipster, employees can have access to the most popular digital magazines available today. With Flipster, employees can take a mental break to read titles such as People, Rolling Stone, GQ, Travel & Leisure, and many more. Browsing these magazines will give your employees the opportunity to take a break and unwind, whether at home or at work.

Physical Health

Of course, no employee wellness program would be complete without a physical health component. While many companies now offer ways that employees can become physically healthier – such as health insurance, discounted gym memberships, smoking cessation assistance and weight loss incentives – it is important to give employees the tools they need to make well-informed decisions about their own health.

When you provide employees with the right information to make their own health decisions, you help them improve their well-being. EBSCO’s Nutrition Reference Center is an easy-to-use database full of the information your staff can use to improve their wellness. Nutrition Reference Center offers a streamlined user-friendly interface where users can access unique content written by a world-class team of nutritionists and dietitians.

When you invest in employees’ professional learning, personal development, mental wellness and physical health, you’re giving them all the tools they need to succeed. Even small steps can help employees feel more valued, making a big difference in your company. To learn what EBSCO products would be best for employee wellness programs, speak with an EBSCO representative today.

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