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The hour of corporate wellness

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A new corporate model is making its way: that of companies dedicated to the well-being of their employees. Taking care of their physical and mental health, teaching them to be valued and using their abilities to the fullest benefits the individual, the group and the company, and it also has a positive impact on the income statement. That wellbeing Corporate is an investment with a return. That Model developed by Savia responding to this new culture that puts the employee at the heart of the organization, recognizes and analyzes the needs of the company and each of its members and responds through segmented care based on three pillars: emotional health, nutritional health and physical health.

Every year, some business media publish rankings of the best companies to work for, every professional’s dream. They are companies that, like many others, offer good salaries and various incentives (company car, health insurance, discounts on services, the possibility of career advancement) to attract the best professionals. But what sets the most desirable apart is that they offer a plus, which Estefanía Villanueva, psychologist at Savia Service for Businesses, defines as “emotional content”. In other words, these are companies that adopt a corporate wellbeing model.

In recent years, a phenomenon known as the “great resignation” has emerged in the United States – and is beginning to emerge in Europe as well – describing the termination of millions of people from their jobs. You might think it’s just poor working conditions, but experts point out other factors are key. Annie Mckee, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a pioneer of emotional intelligence, points out that these are employees who have left their company because they do not see the meaning of their work. Stress invades their lives and they break down.

How to anticipate problems

Emotional overload and not knowing how to deal with it takes its toll on those affected and the company in which they work. “Stress doesn’t make a person more productive, on the contrary, it can lead to repeated absenteeism and work stoppages,” explains Estefanía Villanueva. On the other hand, with the companies that rely on it wellbeing These and other operational problems are addressed before they have irreversible effects, says the expert: “Wellbeing is an investment for the company and health insurance for the employee”.

That wellbeing Corporate strengthens the commitment of employees, because each of its members is aware that they are part of the company, participate in decisions, are listened to and valued and see their needs of all kinds met. The model anticipates the problems that may arise and has tools to deal with them when they arise. This relationship between the company and its employees describes a new scenario, a paradigm shift that guarantees results. Black Rock, the world’s largest mutual fund, found last year that “companies that have developed strong relationships with their employees have achieved higher returns during the pandemic.”

Savia offers a telemedical service for company employees: You have a family doctor around the clock and a direct line to the specialist.Shutterstock

Experts in anti-aging and longevity explain that when a person is in a situation of full well-being, they are able to perform an activity that is much higher than that of most people. It has a scientific explanation: The hormonal cascade that these situations create in the body is an energizer that enhances the person’s abilities.

Well-being and pleasure activate neuroendocrine pathways and growth factors that counteract the negative effects of stress. And if the enjoyment is shared, all the better, emphasize the specialists. This perspective affects everything, including work. A happy, rested employee, in good physical and mental shape, sees their productivity multiplied. Hence the equation: A happy person is the best guarantee that the company they work for will be productive. Savia is an instrument to guarantee this equation, a commitment to the wellbeing can help companies take care of an important asset: their employees.

360º health

For years, health has been much more than the absence of illness. It includes the physical and the spiritual and is considered an asset to be preserved and improved. Savia’s corporate wellness model is based on this approach and offers a vision of global health that integrates nutritional, physical and emotional aspects. In practice, this leads to global solutions to specific problems. If a person suffers from stress, in addition to the help of a psychologist to cope with the situation, they can take part in workshops on emotional management, resilience or meditation, create a personalized anti-stress plan for physical exercise or adjust their diet towards nutrition for physical and mental health wellbeing.

Stress does not make a person more productive, on the contrary, it can lead to repeated sick leave and job losses

Estefanía Villanueva, Psychologist at the Savia service for companies

Savia also offers a telemedicine service for company employees: a family doctor is available 24/7 via video call and chat, a direct line to the specialist (also via chat) and the possibility of receiving an electronic prescription if the doctor prescribes it .

Health Breakthrough is about being better, and that also means enjoying more and giving yourself permission to do so. Michael Plant, a researcher at the University of Oxford who analyzes the effectiveness of resources to improve well-being, in his research highlights the importance of the new business model as it helps companies not only improve productivity but also attract professional talent Now its impact can be accurately measured, which is essential in the business world. Two of the best universities in the world, Oxford and Harvard, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) guarantee that corporate well-being is one of the best strategic decisions a company can make.

“We don’t just want to be a good place to work, we want to be a better place to live”

Armando Gómez, responsible for well-being and occupational medicine at Fnac.
Armando Gómez, responsible for well-being and occupational medicine at Fnac.

Some pioneering companies have made the well-being of their workforce a priority out of conviction, as if the idea was part of their DNA. Fnac, the leading European distributor of cultural products, is one of them. Wellbeing is so capitalized that this word precedes the name of the department responsible for managing the physical and mental health of its employees. Why does a company like FNAC strive for corporate welfare?:

Human capital is the most important

When designing corporate strategy, the people who integrate it are an essential element. “The most important value we have is our people and we aim to be not only a good place to work but a better place to live. We want Fnac to be a company that employees can be proud of,” says Armando Gómez.

When it comes to well-being, it affects productivity

According to studies, measures to improve well-being and organization can increase productivity between 10% and 15%. In order to achieve this goal, Fnac has taken a number of measures, says the Head of Occupational Health and Wellbeing: “We analyze the increase in productivity in conjunction with other initiatives such as teleworking or flexible working hours”.

respond to a need

Within the wellness app launched by Fnac, they partnered with Savia to receive benefits for all employees (psychological care and physiotherapy). “We focus on physical and mental health to take care of the most human side of our employees,” explains Armando Gómez.

Source elpais.com

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