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The last year or so has put renewed focus on health and wellness in most workplaces. While much of the concern has been aimed at physical health and avoiding illness, there’s been more awareness of mental and emotional health as well.

As a result, more employers have been looking at how they can support their team members. Whether someone wants to focus on their fitness or start a meditation routine, the health and wellness tools you provide could be more important than ever.

What Can Health and Wellness Tools Do?

There’s an almost endless range of health and wellness tools available. Some of them focus on assisting people in their day-to-day lives. Someone might download an app that tracks their fitness or helps them quit smoking.

Still other apps may help them connect with health professionals, scheduling telemedicine appointments and more.

Taken together, these tools provide a comprehensive suite of supports for every aspect of health and wellness.

Why These Tools Matter for Employees

Everyone faced new health and wellness challenges in 2020. People who were able to keep working during lockdown may have encountered changes in their working environment or dealt with the challenges of remote work for the first time. Others might have faced challenges from their family members being at home. Still others may have had to quarantine or been unable to get outside and socialize.

Almost everyone experienced some interruption to their “usual” routine, even if it was only uncertainty or heightened anxiety about the pandemic.

The wide range of health and wellness apps provide many different ways for employees to focus on their health needs and concerns. The tools you offer could allow your team members to get in touch with their healthcare providers and have contactless visits, which can help them manage everything from a cold to ongoing, chronic health conditions.

That’s important in an environment where in-person appointments are limited and many health services are otherwise going on the back burner.

A wellness app can help employees stay on top of important factors that support their health. A sleep tracking app, for example, could help employees monitor when they’re getting good sleep and when they’re not. They can then modify their sleep habits to support better sleep. In turn, they may feel more well-rested, notice improvements to their mood, and much more.

Similarly, some apps support people who are trying to break bad habits or those who are trying to make a new habit stick. Someone might want to get fit in 2021, so an app could help them set and accomplish workout goals. The same is true of their mental health. A meditation app could help them manage anxiety or depression.

Why These Tools Matter for Employers

First and foremost, you should want your team members to be healthy! Whether it’s mental health or physical health, it’s no fun to see someone you care about struggling.

Moreover, employers should know that when their employees are healthy and happy, those same team members are more productive and creative. In short, you’ll get the best out of your employees when they feel their best.

Offering the tools to help people be in top form just makes good sense.

Employers also tend to have more options than they realize. If you offer any sort of flexible benefits plan, then you’ll want to see what options are available for you.

You’ll also want to take a look at tools you may already have in your toolbox. Can your HRIS help you improve productivity, look at benefits usage, or keep track of goals? All of this information could help you provide the right health and wellness supports for your team.

Ready to get started? It’s time to take a look at more flexible benefits options. Get in touch with our team and discover what better health and wellness plans could look like for your team.

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Kaneez Jaffer

Kaneez is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) with an advanced knowledge of human resources and organizational structure and design. She has extensive experience with HRIS systems and understands the need to move HR from a transactional model to a transformational one. She has worked in the investment banking, insurance, and legal industries, as well as with large not-for-profit centres helping to simplify and streamline their internal systems. Kaneez is an expert in building relationships and affecting change in a positive and productive way. She acts as the key HR business partner at Apri Insurance Services Inc, managing the implementation of JungoHR, while providing expert advice and counsel on a range of HR matters. Kaneez holds a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management as well as a Certificate in HR Law for HR Professionals from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Canada.

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