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Willis Towers Watson helps clients unlock the business value of employee wellbeing, boosting the effectiveness of Total Rewards and the Talent Value Proposition (TVP), engaging employees, and improving their performance and productivity.

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What is integrated wellbeing?

Wellbeing is not an isolated program or initiative. Wellbeing is purpose-driven and woven into the fabric of an organization’s values and the employee experience. It is inextricably linked to a myriad of policies, programs and benefit offerings as well as to desired culture, productivity improvement, longer-term organizational talent retention and sustainability of business results.

4 key dimensions of wellbeing

Integrated wellbeing incorporates four key dimensions:

  1. Physical wellbeing: To thrive physically means understanding and managing one’s health, taking appropriate preventive measures, improving health status where needed, managing chronic conditions, navigating and recovering from an acute illness or unexpected injury and successfully returning to peak functionality at home and at work.
  2. Emotional wellbeing: Being emotionally balanced means being self-aware, maintaining good mental health, being resilient by managing stress, coping with positive and negative emotional triggers, dealing with life crises and maintaining stability through illness or injury.
  3. Financial wellbeing: Achieving the state of being financially secure means having the ability to manage budgetary commitments, meet financial goals, protect against risks, save for contingencies or future needs like college or retirement and cope with financial shocks.
  4. Social wellbeing: Social wellbeing is about being connected by understanding how to interact well with others by accepting diversity, being inclusive, knowing how to support and collaborate with others, being able to successfully resolve conflicts and adapting to change. Being connected applies across one’s family and friends, one’s workplace and the larger community.

Each dimension is unique and intertwined with the others. Integrated wellbeing begins with individuals and, when achieved, extends throughout their organizations, families and the larger community.

As a result, the ideal state of wellbeing — physically thriving, emotionally balanced, financially secure and socially connected — places the employee at the center and is truly integrated across all four dimensions.

The ideal state - Wellbeing in the center surrounded by Thriving, Balanced, Secure and Connected
Achieving wellbeing keeps the employee at the center and is integrated

The business value of wellbeing

Willis Towers Watson research reveals that organizations with higher levels of wellbeing achieve better business outcomes; higher levels of employee engagement, improved revenue, greater customer satisfaction and fewer safety incidents. Employees who are physically thriving, financially secure, emotionally balanced and socially connected are more engaged and productive.

Employers remain committed to wellbeing programs and are moving to a more comprehensive approach focused on physical as well as financial, emotional and social wellbeing, thereby demonstrating their commitment to meeting diverse employee needs and providing a differentiated employee value proposition.

How we help clients unlock the business value of wellbeing

We help clients develop an integrated wellbeing strategy across the four dimensions to help shape their employees’ experience. As a result, companies realize a healthy workforce culture that’s aligned with overall organizational goals and the company’s TVP.

Our approach starts by setting clear objectives for your wellbeing initiatives that leverage your company’s assets, brand and value. Then, we measure wellbeing, tying results back to your purpose and vision.

We work with clients to:

  • Connect the four dimensions of wellbeing
  • Entrench wellbeing in your business culture and acumen
  • Put employee wants and needs at the center of the employee experience
  • Put the employee experience at the heart of the TVP
  • Nudge, do not judge
  • Leverage technology
  • Move on from financial incentives
  • Use the workplace environment to promote healthy behavior

We help clients create differentiated strategies and tactics to better engage employees and motivate behavior change that ultimately reduces longer-term health care costs, increases savings and enables employees to bring their best selves to work.

Contact us if you’d like to learn how to implement an integrated strategy for employee wellbeing at your company.

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