Employee benefits plans for 2021 present HR with unique challenges, given that the outlook for the COVID-19 pandemic is still unknown. The pandemic has left many with a severe sense of social isolation and loneliness, and these feelings can negatively impact your employees’ physical and mental health. Here are a few ways you can support your workforce during the pandemic:
Encourage staff to take a break from sedentary behavior (e.g. by encouraging walking meetings and stretching breaks)
Provide healthy food options that help employees to make healthier lifestyle choices while at work.
Communicate. Talk. Engage. Let your employees know you are interested in hearing from them. Find out what health and wellbeing topics they are interested in, and what they are less likely to engage in.
As you prepare for 2021, know that you’ve accomplished great things and look positively toward the future. Registered dietitians provide medical nutrition therapy to help people overcome health challenges and meet their personal health goals. These experts are covered under most major insurance providers and available at no additional cost to your company. Consider adding dietetic counseling to your health care plan to improve your employees’ well-being.