To build awareness around social well-being, employers can address the elements that make up a culture of health, such as communication, executive leadership, external community connections and altruism, and proper policies and procedures.
We want employees to bring their “whole selves” to work and to perform at the highest level. According to Forbes, disengaged employees can cost U.S. companies up to $550 billion per year. Highly engaged teams show 20% greater profitability, and employees who feel their voices are heard are 4.6 times more likely to feel empowered to perform their best work.
To support employees in being their best, employers who create a supportive, caring environment that encourages relationship building can foster motivation, commitment, resilience, and adaptability to change. This allows for more focus on the priorities of the business.
It is important for employees to have strong, positive relationships in their lives. Poor social relationships lead to a 29% increased risk for coronary heart disease and 32% increased risk of stroke, along with a 26% increased likelihood of early death associated with loneliness. Something as simple as having a "best friend at work" can help them feel seven times happier and healthier. Investing in relationship building activities at work has huge returns.
Increase awareness of the importance of social connections through education and social activities. Promote social fitness by offering opportunities and programs that promote socialization such as a new hire buddy program, mentoring programs, team building, event participation, and more.
Invite inspired and well-connected individuals to become champions for well-being in the organization—provide training and special support to enable them to be a resource for other employees in the organization.