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Soren states, “Those that really care for their employees through wellness initiatives, in the long term, will be the most competitive, finding it easier to retain and recruit talent – two significant issues facing employers in 2024.”

Nurturing workplace connections: A response to the loneliness epidemic

Paula Toledo, MAPP, Workplace Relations and Well-being Consultant, also recognizes the challenges of building authentic team connections. Paula states, “In light of the recent advisory from U.S. Surgeon General on our epidemic of loneliness, workplace social support and fostering meaningful relationships have gained increased importance.

From a well-being standpoint, since we spend so much of our day at work interacting with work colleagues, it’s vital that organizations offer opportunities to engage in meaningful ways to combat feelings of isolation and loneliness.”

Leaders are questioning how well-being programs can be tailored to foster a greater sense of community and connection. Paula states, “Research consistently shows that happy employees are productive employees. And the happiest people have positive relationships. We have learned throughout the pandemic that we can connect virtually and have deeper and more meaningful interactions with people we love, colleagues, and even strangers. The most resilient workplaces will be the ones that focus on exactly how to cultivate these high-quality connections. The organizations that embody and foster in the truest sense that the workplace is a community, whether people gather virtually or in person, will be the ones that thrive.”

Role modeling and tailored solutions for a new era

In the ongoing talent battle, Ellen De Vleeschouwer, Occupational Health Psychologist & Founder & General Manager of AG Health Partner in Belgium, emphasizes the necessity of role modeling in the realm of employment experience. “You must practice what you preach, and that most definitely includes senior leadership. If top management does not visibly demonstrate through their actions that it’s ok to take some time for your well-being – during working hours as well – employees will not participate in well-being initiatives.”

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