Google Is Testing the “No Meeting” Week to Fight Burnout – Will It Catch On?

In the pursuit of improved holistic wellness, there are ingenious, powerful, and yet remarkably simple ways to innovate by way of “suppression” (not addition: more of this and more of that). Google provides such an example in the area of mental wellness at work. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for the ever-rising problem of unwellness in the workplace. However, several ideas aimed at enhancing our…

With COVID, Air Quality Will Become an Explicit Wellness Offering

An important wellness trend that stems from COVID is the rising emphasis we’ll place on the quality of air as a prerequisite for both physical health and personal wellbeing. A new Harvard study conducted in more than 3,000 US counties revealed a clear and strong correlation between higher levels of particulate air pollution and higher mortality rates caused by COVID-19. It concluded that every increase of…

Employer Spend Will Keep Mental Health & Wellness Investment Humming

Predictably, the pandemic is causing a devastating wave of mental health issues. The advocacy group Mental Health America recently reported that the number of people seeking help for depression and panic attacks has increased dramatically over the past few months. This, in turn, is leading to burgeoning numbers of individuals and digital tools offering help and advice in the field of mental wellbeing. Having examined…

Asia: The Fastest-Growing Wellness Market

The continent where wellness is flourishing the most is Asia. There, three long-term trends fuel the demand for wellness: (1) the rising prevalence of chronic lifestyle diseases, (2) intensely aging populations, and (3) rising incomes (a major boost that explains why Asia is playing “wellness catch-up” with the West). According to the ADB (Asian Development Bank), wellness—defined with the GWI as the active pursuit of…

Financial Wellness Programs Will Surge

In the immediate post-COVID era, the world will be collectively poorer—explicable by simple arithmetic: In the first three quarters of this year, the income earned by workers around the world fell by more than 10%—a loss caused by the pandemic equivalent to more than $3.5 trillion, or 5.5% of global GDP. Notably, this doesn’t yet take into account the mass lay-offs that are looming (like…