Employee Well-being: The Aspect of Career Counseling You’ve Been Missing
As a career counselor, you focus on the same things when helping job seekers research companies. You plan how to find out about salary, benefits, development opportunities, and company culture. But there’s a major factor that you might be forgetting: employee well-being.
A 2017 report from Virgin Pulse looked at the positive impact a company’s employee well-being program has on employees. It found 90 percent of employees think their program improves company culture. Seventy-seven percent said the program increased their energy, both at work and beyond.
These are just a few ways an employee well-being program can make a workplace better. This is why career counselors should help job seekers research well-being programs. Their primary focus is often money. Unless you educate them, they won’t understand how employment and wellness can go hand-in-hand.
Here are three factors your job seekers need to know about employee well-being programs:
Mental health matters
Even the best jobs can be stressful at times. Plus your job seekers have responsibilities and pressures in their personal life. Having access to mental wellness resources can make a huge difference.
This is why more and more companies are focusing their programs on mental health. According to the Virgin Pulse survey, 51 percent of companies had mental wellness aspects to their program in 2016. In 2017, that grew to 72 percent.
Unfortunately, mental health issues are still taboo to many people. Your job seekers might not be comfortable asking about potential psychological support. Give them access to resources that provide inside information about companies’ offerings. For instance, Glassdoor has a feature that allows all current and former employees to list what type of benefits they received — including those addressing mental health.
Every great employee well-being program should address #mentalhealth.
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Jobs are about more than a paycheck
Great jobs offer financial stability in more ways than one. They match retirement savings or provide personal investment advice. For job seekers who aren’t natural financial whizzes, having these perks can take a real load off their shoulders.
Being less distracted by money helps people to be more focused and successful at work. This is why, the aforementioned survey found 56 percent of companies offer financial wellness help.
If your job seekers could benefit from financial perks, help them determine which ones would help them the most. This will let them know what to look for when researching companies. Here are some options to let them know about:
- Credit monitoring
- Retirement planning
- College savings accounts
- Student loan repayment assistance
- Budgeting education
Appreciation is paramount
There are a lot of ways employers can show they appreciate their team members. Unfortunately, many of these methods are only tied to who they are as an employee. But, as you know, your job seekers are people. They deserve to be recognized as such.
This is why well-being programs can be so effective when it comes to employee appreciation. In the Virgin Pulse survey, 71 percent of respondents said their company’s program made them feel more appreciated.
But as a career counselor, you know that each person needs different things to feel important. Have your job seekers identify what types of wellness programs will help them to feel valued. For example, if spending time with their family is important to them, a well-being program that allows spouses and children to participate will speak to them. It will also help them to enjoy their job more.
Wellness is important to everyone. Yet, many job seekers forget how health and exercise can tie in with their employment. This is why you need to help them research what potential companies are offering so they can find the right match for them.
Having an employee well-being program can ensure your #jobseekers are happy at their new job.
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