Ten Keys to Corporate Health for Successful Companies | Prosperity in the company
The degree of well-being of the workforce, according to experts, is a reliable indicator of the corporate intelligence of the brand. Programs of wellness such as those of Savia represent a strategic commitment that offers results to companies of many variable dimensions. They adapt to the needs of each one, and their returns are tangible and measurable. Caring for each employee’s physical and emotional health improves productivity, prevents health problems and reduces sick leave. These are aspects that any company that is in a step before betting on a corporate wellness program should evaluate. These ten keys can serve as a guide to your decision.
Productivity. The benefits a company receives from wellness programs like Savia’s can be measured. According to a study by Oxford University, happy employees are 13% more productive. The bottom line is simple: better physical and mental well-being helps make every employee and staff happier, and that translates into increased productivity. The wellness A corporation is an effective investment. Experts estimate that for every euro invested, four returns are obtained.
The value of companies that implement wellness programs is in their ability to attract talent
Arturo Buillans, Business Development Director at Savia
Personal motivation. Harvard University professor David McClelland describes three basic motivations: the need for achievement (motivation for challenges), the need for belonging (being part of a group), and the need for power (one enjoys competing with others). One predominates in each individual and has a defining labor influence because the skills developed are consistent with this need. The challenge for companies is to identify this motivation and channel it with various incentives so that each employee’s talent is 100% committed to the daily work and at the same time feels rewarded to continue to be associated with it. That’s what corporate wellness programs are all about. Armando Gómez, responsible for workplace health and well-being at the multinational cultural company Fnac, points out that his company’s idea is “for every person to feel proud as an employee”.
Corporate reputation. A company’s income statement reflects in a tangible way the benefits of wellness corporate. The first companies to implement it are models of efficiency, and not only because they receive many benefits. The value of these companies lies primarily in the fact that they are benchmarks for others and that their value has increased in the market because “they are able to attract talent”, says Arturo Buillans, Business Development Director at Savia. These brands act as a magnet: employees are motivated to stay in the workforce, and other companies, customers or suppliers want to work with them.
360º health. Some of the principles underlying holistic health, which take care of the body and mind, were already set forth by Hippocrates (460 BC – 370 BC). “Walking is the best medicine for man,” the Greek sage said, among other things. WHO summarizes this global vision in the preamble to its constitution: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Covering this comprehensive care is the goal of Savia, which has a permanent telemedicine service for the company’s employees, in addition to personalized programs that integrate three key pillars of health: nutritional, physical and emotional.
Personalized attention. University of Pennsylvania professor Adam Grant, an expert in organizational psychology, recommends one-to-one personalization as a great corporate strategy. This is one of the distinctive elements of the program wellness Savia Corporation. A commitment to flexibility, it adapts to the needs of every company and every employee. The second characteristic is that it offers highly specialized services in every area. In the field of mental health, it has specialists depending on the pathology and the age of the patient (a child is not the same as an adult). The same thing happens in the field of nutrition or physical training. These are aspects highly valued by companies. Arturo Buillans, director of business development at Savia, points to an example of the program’s flexibility and specialization: “Companies highly value the possibility to perform physiotherapy on the spotthat is, sending professionals to conduct sessions for the employees”.
Preventive medicine. The concept of preventive health refers to avoiding disease in people with risk factors for suffering from it. Savia’s model emphasizes an earlier idea, health promotion, which focuses on helping to acquire healthy habits in all areas. The psychologist of the Savia service for companies, Estefania Villanueva, emphasizes the importance of acquiring these habits and their persistence, because well-being is at stake. “It’s a three-pillar building, and all three are essential: good sleep hygiene, food and physical activity hygiene, and occupational hygiene.”
Mental health. In addition to mental illness, which affects 20% of the population, four out of ten people report frequent and prolonged stress, according to the Spanish Society for the Study of Anxiety and Stress (SEAS). One of the main sources is work, and according to specialists, it is convenient to foresee the problems that it can generate. Chief among them is the burnout worker syndrome. The approach offered by Savia’s corporate wellness program is preventive, it is to offer each employee tools to better manage stress. Estefania Villanueva is one of the professionals who serve him. She works with each person and starts from one key idea that acts like a valerian capsule in the employee: “Work is very important, but everyone must be aware that emotional well-being comes first,” says the psychologist.
Job change. The latest report by Adecco, the main human resources consultant in Spain, indicates that labor turnover in our country is around 23%, which has a high cost for companies. One of the goals of the programs wellness is that they retain and attract professional talent with incentives that are not just financial. The concept of emotional salary brings together all aspects that are related to professional needs (evaluation as an employee), personal and family needs (reconciliation), which go beyond the purely economic. The higher the professional qualification, the greater the burden of the emotional salary, experts believe.
Work is very important, but everyone should be aware that emotional well-being comes first
Estefania Villanueva, psychologist at Savia’s company service
job loss. One million people on average do not go to work every day in Spain, according to the National Statistics Institute (INE). The number one reason for sick leave is depression and emotional problems, which are generally more disabling than physical ones. Given these data, keeping employees motivated and avoiding psychological burnout becomes a strategic challenge for companies, and corporate wellness an effective tool to achieve it, as it reduces stress, channels creativity, anticipates health problems, and creates connections between the employee and his company. The greater the well-being, the less absenteeism.
Assessment of well-being. When implementing a corporate wellness program, it is necessary to assess the needs of each company from offering a personalized service, implementing the project and finally evaluating the results. Savia offers companies aggregated data that facilitates predictive analysis of the human resources it manages, so that problems (among other health issues) can be predicted and areas where employee well-being can be optimized.