Nurturing Employee Well-Being: A Business Essential in the New Normal of Work
Join us in this 5-week, online course to learn how to create a strategy for employee well-being that will transform engagement, satisfaction and business productivity at your organization.
Course at a glance
Lead Faculty: Katherine Brune
Former SVP of Employee Well-Being & Benefits, SunTrust now Truist, Owner, WorkSprout & Future Workplace Fellow
Katherine has 15 years of experience working in the people arena. She is a thought-leader in employee experience and well-being programs. Some of Katherine’s greatest accomplishments include designing and introducing an industry-leading financial well-being program for a top financial institution now sold to hundreds of companies, creating a full-time storyteller job to spread purpose in action, introducing integrated health providers in onsite clinics to address the whole person, unleashing a campaign on mental health services, and leading early-career bankers through a super-charged development program. These and many more programs all have one thing in common – a focus on the employee and their ability to deliver their best.
What You’ll Learn:
Why employers must care about and learn to nurture the personal well-being of their employees.
How to create a strategy reflecting the latest research connecting employee well-being and employee engagement, satisfaction, and business productivity.
The seven factors of employee well-being and their impact on individuals, teams, and the organization.
We will explore how to get started in creating a culture and strategy for employee well-being as well as address the new challenges facing employees in the new normal of work.
The Current State:
Employee well-being has often been a “nice to have perk,” and not a business imperative. This has all changed in 2020. With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, social injustice, increased automation displacing jobs, and a looming mental health crisis, employers are waking up to the importance and urgency around the well-being of their employees.
The response from organizations to their employees’ well-being needs, whether emotional, physical, financial, career, social connectiveness, and mental health and purpose will influence the employer brand and the ability to create a compelling employee experience for years to come. Seventy-eight percent of participants in an American Psychological Association survey of 3,409 adults said the pandemic was a significant source of stress. Workers are feeling burned out, and cite multiple stressors, including no separation between work and home, unmanageable workloads and worries over job security.
Employers must demonstrate empathic leadership and engage in a more intimate and empathetic relationship with their employees, focusing on supporting the whole person’s holistic well-being. Progressive employers must address new opportunities within hybrid work environments, leverage well-being as a factor in the employee total rewards package, understand and lean into the values-based, purpose-aligned drivers of individual employees, and foster greater belonging and safety to further engage their people.
Audience for Nurturing Employee Well-Being: A Business Essential in the New Normal of Work is targeted to HR professionals with job titles in areas such as:
This Course Features Five Modules:
Each module takes about one hour of time which includes viewing videos, reading relevant articles, answering questions, contributing to the course and collaborating with other learners.
The Five Modules include:
Module 1: Well-Being Today, Why It Matters and How We’re Doing
We explore the state of employee well-being and examine research on why employee well-being is a business imperative today. We will review the current research linking employee well-being to employee needs and business results. We will introduce the seven pillars of employee well-being including emotional, physical, financial, career, social connectiveness, mental health, and purpose and overlay how new challenges impact these well-being pillars. We will look at practices, policies, culture norms, and technologies in your organization and examine how they either support or hinder a nurturing culture of employee well-being.
Module 2: Purpose, Mental, Emotional, and Social Connection Needed to Thrive
Too many companies focus on what they do and how they do it and forget to communicate the “Why.” We will explore why companies are intentionally focusing on purpose and the link to individual employee well-being. Next, we will discuss the increased investment in mental health and why the projected mental health crisis on the horizon is this an employer issue. We will look at how organizations are using a variety of tools from resilience training to EAPs (that actually get used) to apps and changes in work norms to support employees and their families. We will showcase video case studies of HR Pioneers leading the way in understanding the impact of mental, emotional, and social connection.
Module 3: Physical, Career, and Financial Health to Drive Well-Being
We will look at new ways employers are building their culture and supporting the physical health of their employees amidst a growing mix of workers working from home, at the office, and in hybrid work environments. We will discuss career planning in a VUCA world and why career is a well-being pillar. We will also explore what’s at stake if we don’t address the financial health of employees, an often taboo topic. For if we don’t address the well-being of employees, the cost is lower engagement, lost productivity, and poor performance.
Module 4: Physical and Psychological Safety in Re-Entering the Workplace
The place of work as we remember it will never be the same. Companies are challenged with providing greater physical safety measures, focusing on air quality, cleanliness, and (possibly) vaccine records, for example. But what about the anxiety of stepping into an office? Or the trust and cohesiveness of a hybrid team? We will look beyond the physical safety and discuss how psychological safety is a critical part of the HR agenda today. We will explore how hybrid work environments allow for prioritization of employee well-being and part of the impact on total rewards offering for employees.
Module 5: Creating a Culture of Well-Being
Well-being touches many aspects of the employee’s life and processes, programs, and policies at work. We will look at the important role of employee listening and assessing the changing expectations of your employee population. We will discuss equipping leaders with new skills of empathy, communication, and working through uncomfortable and dynamic situations. Most importantly, we will look at the importance of fostering your own well-being first. At the conclusion of this course, you will build an action plan to take your next step in nurturing your personal well-being and the well-being in your organization.
Learners who complete this course are eligible for 8 re-certification credits from SHRM and HRCI.
Future Workplace® is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.
Course Design Principles
Nurturing Employee Well-Being: A Business Essential in the New Normal of Work was designed to be highly engaging using our Learn, Review, Apply format culminating in a digital badge detailing each learner’s achievements and shareable on social media.
- Understand what Employee Well-Being is and how it can be nurtured
- Assess and discuss how top companies nurture Employee Well-Being to realize business results.
- Reflect on the videos of top practitioners sharing why and how they nurture Employee Well-Being
- Review short knowledge check questions following your exposure to videos, articles and other content
- Participate in discussion questions and exercises to apply your knowledge
- Build an Action Plan to educate your stakeholders
Led by Top Practitioners Who Have Created a Strategy for Employee Well-Being
This course will showcase the seven pillars in designing a strategy for employee well-being and share why employee well-being matters more than ever and how to make this a business imperative for yourself, your team and your organization.
Video Case Studies with Expert Faculty Members
This course will feature video case studies from experts in the field, HR pioneers and researchers who understand the drivers of employee well-being and how to translate them to an action plan to transform your organization. The video lessons are designed to deeply engage learners.
Five Week Online Course Building Your Holistic Employee Well-Being Strategy
This course was designed to help you to understand the seven pillars of well-being, access an employee well-being resource roadmap, and create an action plan for change. Whatever your role, this course will enable you to understand the power of employee well-being, the connection to employee engagement and business results.
Recertification Credits & Digital Badge
Upon completion of this course, you will also receive recertification credits and a digital badge to build your personal brand and document your new skills.