Top Workplace Well-Being Trends For 2022


Nicole Dunn is the CEO of Dunn Pellier Media, Inc; PR for the fitness, health and wellness sector.

Over many Zoom calls in 2021, most people I did business with mentioned that they weren’t sure how to plan for 2022. I think we have all learned that things change quickly; any expectations or preconceived notions can get thrown out the window. As we look ahead at some of the emerging trends in well-being, let’s work to embrace balance and adaptability. Regardless of your industry, being more aware of these trends can offer valuable insight into the wants, needs and interests of consumers and your employees in 2022.

Workplace

Our work lives have arguably seen the most changes since the pandemic began. Our work-life balance has completely shifted, with many workers transitioning to working from home more permanently. The current workplace journey revolves around how to best adapt and create a new work-life balance in 2022. This year we will see more conversations about how to set loving boundaries between work and the other parts of our lives like relationships, leisure and health.

Employee Wellness And Productivity 

Employers are beginning to take more of an interest in the well-being of their employees. The pandemic has shown us just how important it is to support not only physical health but also mental health. Plus, employers are tuning into the fact that healthy and happy employees are more effective, engaged and satisfied in their jobs. Not sure where to start? One trend that many companies (including mine) are incorporating is a wellness day. This is a way for employees to take a day off and do a fun thing for themselves. Put a smile on your employees’ faces and celebrate wellness.

Self-Care

The days of thinking of self-care as a bubble bath are over. As a society, we’re beginning to learn that self-care is not a luxury but a necessity and that it really means understanding what you need right now. The stress of recent events has led us to ask ourselves “What am I doing for me?” Treating self-care as part of personal improvement is the new trend. Self-care doesn’t have to be expensive; it can mean doing things for yourself that allow you to be more successful in life. Personal commitments might include waking up early to gratitude journal, meditating, 30 minutes of daily exercise or eating clean. 

For businesses, it is important not to make self-care an outside-of-work thing but to naturally incorporate self-care into the process of work. Employers can watch workers’ stress levels and start encouraging employees to incorporate self-care into their day, for instance by always taking a lunch break, short walk or other break. 

Financial Wellness 

Financial wellness is often lumped into self-care but I think it’s too important not to have its own category. Throughout the pandemic, more people chose to focus on financial well-being. Major businesses and banks are now incorporating financial wellness programs for their consumers and/or employees. There are also plenty of banking and investment apps out there, and people are gravitating toward the ones designed with well-being in mind. Apps like Mint or You Need A Budget (YNAB) make budgeting easy and simple, taking the stress out of working with your finances. Financial self-care is so important; knowing the state of your finances contributes to mental and physical well-being for both you and your employees.

Hybrid Healthcare Models

Plenty of us have had to have virtual doctor visits since the beginning of the pandemic. For a lot of folks, these virtual appointments went surprisingly smoothly. Healthcare offices and insurance companies are catching on to how virtual health care can often be easier for everyone involved when in-person meetings aren’t required. A great bonus for businesses is that many employer-sponsored healthcare plans have incorporated telehealth into these hybrid models. Newbie provider Oscar, for instance, offers unlimited telehealth support with all plans. 

Curating Space To Nourish And Inspire

It’s no secret that we’re influenced by our surroundings. As we’ve all been spending increasing amounts of time at home, the desire to upgrade the aesthetics of these spaces has never been stronger. 2022 will take this focus on intentional spaces to the next level with conversations about design theory and feng shui. Employers are beginning to realize that in order to get employees back into the office, they may need to consider how to make the workspace more harmonious.

Final Thoughts

No one saw 2020 coming, and 2021 brought more change when we thought normalcy would return. 2022 is a year of acceptance and integration of all of the shifts we have been through. We’re finding ways to thrive in this new normal, while also allowing space for the inevitable changes that will continue to come. The best we can do is take things one moment at a time while keeping our eyes on the exciting trends on the horizon.


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