Workplace Wellbeing Initiative Trends

2023 Trends

TREND 1: More focus on financial education and financial wellbeing. Rising Interest rates, inflation, and rising energy costs across the world are creating new and unexpected pressures on employees and their families. Stability and security of employment is a major issue in many countries.

TREND 2: Remote work, hybrid work and return to office policies are still significant and largely unsolved issues in many sectors. This also includes the pending possibility of a shift to a four-day working week.

TREND 3: Wellbeing being viewed as a genuine strategy for business success as opposed to a “nice to have.”

TREND 4: There is an ongoing influence of environmental, social and corporate governance investing on workplaces and a general overhaul of workplace cultures in the direction of greater support for the wellbeing of the employee, as companies strive to become more palatable to investors.

TREND 5: Wellbeing is moving beyond the physical, as programs move toward more of a “whole person” focus including family and community, togetherness and purpose.

TREND 6: Look for more training and development of middle managers and lower-level supervisors to help them to treat employees with respect and civility and remove domination, bullying and abusive behaviors.

TREND 7: There is an increased focus on musculoskeletal programs, especially for those continuing in remote or hybrid arrangements. Virtual trainings and intervention programs support ergonomic home office arrangements.

TREND 8: There is also a continuing increase in focus on Mental Wellbeing, including a shift from managing mental health cases and challenges to preventing mental health challenges.

TREND 9: Plus, there is an emerging trend in menopause awareness and education.


2022 Trends

TREND 1: Leaders as Coaches

TREND 2: 4-Day Work Week

TREND 3: Distributed Workforces & Wellbeing

TREND 4: Commitment to the Elimination of Bullying and Harassment

TREND 5: Increase Focus on Health and Personal Immunity Education

TREND 6: Traditional Safety Roles to Now Include Wellbeing as a Major Focus

TREND 7: Workplace Wellbeing Continues to Form ESG Strategy


2021 Trends

TREND 1: Establishing a New Workplace Normal

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

TREND 3: Increasing Focus on Financial Wellness

TREND 4: Greater Focus on Mental Health and Wellbeing

TREND 5: Incorporation of Wellbeing-Focused Leadership

TREND 6: Recognition of “Well Workplaces”


2020 Trends

TREND 1: Top Leadership Brings Greater Care to Addressing Our Uncertain Future

TREND 2: Emergency Management and Business Continuity Efforts Rise

TREND 3: Wellness Becomes a Corporate Responsibility

TREND 4: With Remote Work Comes a Redefinition & Expansion of Leadership

TREND 5: Companies Get More Serious about Aging & Stress

TREND 6: Telemedicine Takes Root Alongside Personal Responsibility for Healthy Living


2019 Trends

TREND 1: Thriving is no longer optional

TREND 2: Move over wellness programs–it’s time to reinvent work

TREND 3: Transcending ourselves with purpose

TREND 4: Wellbeing amplified by women-friendly workplaces

TREND 5: Deep inclusivity: beyond check-the-box diversity initiatives

TREND 6: Mental wellbeing finds traction

TREND 7: One size fits one

TREND 8: Biophobic to biophilic

TREND 9: The wellbeing of we

TREND 10: The conscious evolution of leadership


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