• Remote vs Office-Based Workers in Wellbeing Programs

Remote vs Office-Based Workers in Wellbeing Programs

In 2015, the Office for National Statistics Labour Force Survey showed that more than four million Britons were working from home, with a further 1.8 million wishing to do the same! The trend is strong in America as well, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics noting that more people are working remotely than ever before. A study by Global Workplace Analytics notes that telecommuting has increased 103 percent in the last decade.

Offices and Teams Around the World

In addition, a significant number of workers have jobs that place them outside of a traditional office setting – whether it is working at manufacturing plant sites or multiple locations. The large number of companies with international portfolios of offices and teams also needs to keep an eye on health, employee engagement and great company culture.

Digital wellbeing initiatives are a great example of engaging remote employees with the organisation’s health and wellbeing strategy. At SMG, we have run multiple-country team challenges with a few of our partners. One of our clients had users in different locations in Asia but the results during the challenge were excellent: participants achieved 13,244 steps per day, on average, 32% more than the recommended daily amount.

Our client was able to span at least nine countries (Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam) with a team-building step challenge that not only made everyone more aware of their health and activity, but gave them a framework for bonding and friendly competition. A perfect opportunity to bring multinational satellite offices together under one banner.

Phoning it in? Maybe Not!

With the rise in flexible working arrangements in many countries, it’s possible to assume that the ‘work from home’ gang are not just feeling left out of the team, but also not getting out enough.

Interestingly, teleworkers are more likely to engage in physical activities and other wellbeing options on their own, when compared to office-based workers, according to a recent survey.

There were a few surprises in the survey from Flex+Strategy Group/Work+Life Fit, Inc, which interviewed 617 full-time employed adults by telephone. They found that only 33% of the employees said they have access to a workplace wellbeing program, with those aged 30 or older more likely to do so than their millennial colleagues. Gen X and Baby Boomers are leading the pack, then!

Of the nearly 20% who noted that despite not participating in a corporate wellbeing program, they pursue wellbeing opportunities on their own? Teleworkers were taking more initiative, at 24%, than those working in an office, 17%.

There is a potential, then, that remote workers have a few tricks to teach their office-dwelling colleagues when comes to activity levels. And, whether people are in the next town over, across the sea, or even on holiday – there’s nothing keeping them from some friendly, virtual competition and looking after themselves at the same time.

When looking to engage your remote employees in your organisation’s wellbeing program, the key is assessing what benefits that can be provided. Address the particular health and wellbeing needs of remote staff, and ensuring that employees are not excluded from health and wellbeing supports. (While you’re at it, a little fun wouldn’t hurt…)

Read more about how Kiqplan can support your Employee Engagement program.

Sources:

http://globalworkplaceanalytics.com/telecommuting-statistics

https://www.personneltoday.com/hr/one-seven-now-working-home

https://www.bls.gov/news.release/atus.nr0.htm

https://flexstrategygroup.com/research-and-blog/2016/04/teleworkers-more-motivated-to-pursue-wellness-on-their-own-compared-to-office-employees

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