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Is Blended Wellness the Future of Workplace Engagement?

Is Blended Wellness the Future of Workplace Engagement?

05 September 2023 Tim Baker

Blended Wellness

​ Exploring a Ground-Breaking Approach to Employee Engagement, Wellness, and Cultural Development

Dr Tim Baker – Executive Manager Leading Potential

In today's rapidly evolving business landscape, where employee engagement, wellness, and cultural development are paramount, a new paradigm is emerging that challenges traditional notions of workforce support. This paradigm, known as "Blended Wellness," presents an innovative approach that aims to revolutionise the way local government engages with it’s employees. In this article, we delve into the concept of Blended Wellness and its potential to reshape the future of workplace engagement.

Reimagining Employee Assistance Schemes

At the heart of the Blended Wellness approach lies the reimagining of Employee Assistance Schemes (EAS). Historically, these programs have faced challenges in demonstrating their effectiveness and return on investment (ROI). Many HR professionals and senior management have viewed EAS as sunken costs due to the lack of empirical data showcasing their impact on employee engagement and overall productivity.

One of the main reasons for this lack of data is the difficulty in quantifying the tangible benefits of EAS. Determining the ROI metrics for such programs can be intricate and subjective. However, a potential solution emerges through the Blended Wellness approach, which seeks to address these challenges while redefining the relationship between employers and employees.

The Essence of Blended Wellness

Blended Wellness is not just a minor tweak to existing practices; it represents a profound shift in how councils perceive and prioritise employee well-being. Unlike traditional EAS, which often focus on isolated interventions, Blended Wellness takes a holistic and multifaceted approach. It integrates physical, mental, and emotional well-being into the fabric of the organisation's culture and operations.

This approach recognises that employees are multifaceted individuals whose well-being is influenced by a variety of factors both inside and outside the workplace. Blended Wellness leverages this understanding by offering a diverse range of resources and services that cater to employees' various needs. From mental health support and flexible work arrangements to skill development opportunities and community engagement initiatives, Blended Wellness creates a comprehensive ecosystem that nurtures employees at every level.

A Strategic Path Forward

For organisations like Leading Roles, the Blended Wellness approach opens up exciting avenues for enhancing their impact on local government organisations. This groundbreaking concept proposes three strategic approaches that can seamlessly integrate Blended Wellness into the fabric of organisations:

Employer Value Proposition: By offering a well-curated suite of wellness services and resources, organisations can leverage their Blended Wellness solutions to position themselves as an employer of choice.

Influencing the Agenda: Through the Blended Wellness approach, organisations can actively shape the People and Culture agenda within local government bodies. By providing innovative resources and thought leadership, they become instrumental in fostering a culture of holistic well-being.

Comprehensive Engagement: Blended Wellness goes beyond sporadic engagement efforts. It paves the way for continuous and comprehensive employee engagement by addressing their diverse needs through a unified framework.

Embracing the Future

As organisations strive to create workplaces that prioritise employee well-being and engagement, the concept of Blended Wellness emerges as a promising path forward. By transcending the limitations of traditional Employee Assistance Schemes, this approach offers a transformative way to foster a culture of wellness, engagement, and growth.

In a world where the workforce is seeking purpose, balance, and connection, Blended Wellness is not just a trend—it's a powerful movement that can shape the future of work for the better. Through strategic integration and a commitment to holistic employee well-being, organisations like Leading Roles/Leading Potential are poised to lead the charge towards a more engaged, fulfilled, and productive workforce.

Dr. Tim Baker is the Executive Manager of Leading Roles' culture and performance consulting business, Leading Potential.

Tim is an internationally recognised authority on leadership, management and organisational development. In 2013, Tim was voted one of the 50 Most Talented Global Training and Development Leaders by the World HRD Congress. He has consulted to more that 70 councils and has an award-winning PhD in workplace culture.

Tim is author of 16 books, including his latest: The Future of Human Resources: Unlocking Human Potential (Business Expert Press, New York).