Workplaces have started to readily adopt the inclusion of wellness programs within their space. This can mean a myriad of things — yoga classes, on-site massages, or a pantry filled with healthy snacks. While these amenities seem great, they are unlikely to be effective without setting a foundation first.
A U.K. study found that 23% of employees continue to feel burned out at work very often, despite working out of a space with a wellbeing policy.
Carolyn Kylstra, Editor in Chief of SELF, said that the best way to approach these offerings is by starting from scratch.
“Environment is first and foremost,” said Kylstra. “I decided I wanted it to be as flexible and comfortable as possible. [I think sometimes] the trendiness of wellness could overshadow this.”
This approach is proven to work, with research suggesting that “mission-driven” companies have 30% higher levels of innovation, which adds an extra $9,000 per worker each year.
After implementing the flexible policy, Kylstra said she sees an improvement in the space through simple observations: people are nicer to one another, workers announce they are working from home, and feel more comfortable being themselves. She also hopes to set an example through her own practices of self-care, such as taking walks, setting a strict 5 p.m. home time, prioritizing sleep, and other simple, yet overlooked practices.