Workplace Wellbeing Initiative

2021 Trends

TREND 1: Establishing a New Workplace Normal

  • Working alone
  • Ergonomics in home offices
  • Work hours—separation of work and family
  • Building connections and communication
  • Personalizing the hybrid work model

TREND 2: Re-designing the Working Week to Prevent Burnout and Greater Social Wellbeing

  • Managing and preventing burnout
  • Caps on out-of-work hours communications
  • Encouraging people to stop work and live their lives
  • Focus on social wellbeing

TREND 3: Increasing Focus on Financial Wellness

  • Post-pandemic financial recovery by families and individuals
  • Programs to support employees to become better money managers and to reduce the stresses brought on by money issues

TREND 4: Greater Focus on Mental Health and Wellbeing

  • Post-COVID worry and stress
  • Managing fear of the unknown
  • Financial insecurity
  • Loneliness and separation
  • Attention on happiness index

TREND 5: Incorporation of Wellbeing-Focused Leadership

  • Greater care, compassion and empathy; Heart-centered
  • The rise of the CVO (Chief Vision Officer)
  • Adherence to the new stakeholder capitalism, including social NS environmental responsibility
  • Creating new “thriving” cultures
  • Placing a focus on race equity and health
  • Stronger focus on diversity and inclusion, including gender
  • Incorporating wellness into occupational health and safety
  • Aligning workplace health strategies with public health initiatives

TREND 6: Recognition of “Well Workplaces”

  • Emergence of organizations such as WELL; certification of workplaces as “WELLcertified”
  • ISO 45003 standards for safety, placing significant focus on wellbeing factors