Since the coronavirus pandemic has upended global business operations through social distancing and closed offices, business owners and human resources executives have been left to wonder the impact these changes will have on workplace wellness programs and other initiatives meant to positively impact the health of their employees. And while some companies may have been running their wellness programs in a way that supports remote workers, many are left to revisit their programs to determine how cloud-based technologies and the use of eLearning systems can support and even drive their workplace wellness challenges and programs.
The New and Increased Importance of Workplace Wellness
Given all that has happened in recent months, programs that support employee wellbeing have become more important than ever. And there is a new realization that wellbeing includes much more than just the physical health of your employees. An effective and comprehensive program should encompass a complete spectrum of components that lead to healthy, fulfilled, and engaged employees. The overall goal of a workplace wellness program should be to support the health and wellbeing of your employees as a whole, while offering aspects that target the unique needs of each individual employee.
Building Workplace Wellness to Support Remote Settings
With more and more employees working from home and concerned about COVID-19, there is a new focus by wellness managers to build programs that help deal with stress while promoting mental health and well-being. Many of these new initiatives around physical and mental health are likely to serve as the cornerstone of workplace wellness post-pandemic.
The CDC recommends that workplace wellness programs cultivate personal connections in today’s remote environment using email, webinars, and frequent conversations between colleagues to share health and wellness information and talk about common concerns. They also recommend that employers offer flexibility in work schedules so that employees have time to exercise, meditate, visit their doctors when they need to.
The Role New of eLearning in Workplace Wellness
eLearning refers to the use of cloud-based technologies (the Internet, primarily) to support and drive learning and training programs. For employers, a workplace eLearning program can support your efforts to increase health and well-being awareness across your organization. It can also support your managers in their efforts to create a sense of well-being for their teams.
And if your organization is interested in adding a fun element to your program through the use of workplace wellness challenges, eLearning can support these initiatives by encouraging workers to participate in learning-based programs that encourage employees to gain as much wellness knowledge as possible. These challenges can even include gamification to help drive energy and participation.
And when compared to classroom-based training, eLearning offers a number of powerful advantages, including cost-effectiveness, convenience, and the ability to measure program results through detailed analytics.
LMS Portals for Workplace Wellness Challenges
LMS Portals offers a cloud-based, multi-tenant Learning management System (LMS) that allows administrators to launch and manage multiple, customized eLearning environments, all from a centralized console. With LMS Portals, you can build and manage the eLearning components of your workplace wellness programs. You can even create wellness challenges, invite employees to participate, and offer awards and recognition to your top program performers.