October 22, 2021

3 Tips to Future Proof Your Workforce


Future-proofing your workforce today ensures you will attract and keep your top talent tomorrow.   However, many traditional workplaces have failed to accommodate a modern, wellness-driven work style, limiting the growth potential of workers and leading to increasing rates of work-related fatigue.

Here are three tips to help support your employees to cultivate a thriving workplace.


Prioritize Healthy Lifestyles

A key trend that will continue into 2022 is employer support for employees’ personal lives. Companies can address this need by prioritizing healthy lifestyles and creating a workplace culture that promotes wellbeing, during and beyond working hours. To be effective, strategies should include leadership involvement, communication of wellness-specific corporate values and resources for employees. Simple to adopt practices can include reminding employees to turn off notifications during non-work hours and instituting “wellness breaks” during the day to encourage employees to recharge and refocus.  

  • Promote a company health goal by leading everyone in a stretch routine or squat challenge prior to meetings.
  • Host virtual (non-work related) meetups, for example, book clubs, cooking groups, or health and wellness communities. The Sprout At Work platform empowers employees to connect with ease on our social stream and bond over shared interests in our community groups.
  • Promote a little friendly competition with a team vs team wellness challenge.

Break With Outdated Models

Flexibility is not only where employees work but also how they work. It means acknowledging and allowing employees to meet the demands of their life that extend outside of work.  It means trusting your employees and requires leaders to show flexibility in action. We know productivity cannot simply be measured by the number of hours someone spends in front of a computer, or on the job, and employees will only be open to making the necessary time for wellness when they see it as a priority coming from the top down.  Why is this important?  According to Gartner’s 2020 ReimagineHR Employee Survey, employers that support employees with their life
experience benefit from a 21% increase in the number of high performers compared to organizations that don’t provide the same degree of support.

Just as the traditional workplace is on its way out, so too are traditional wellbeing programs. So how do you keep your wellbeing program from becoming stale and ineffective?  To start, any wellness initiative must be personalized, holistic and grounded in employee interests and input.  Secondly, employees need wellness programs that are available when they are through a digital wellness platform that can be accessed anytime, from anywhere.

The monthly wellness goals and team challenges we run at Sprout At Work show that commitment while allowing employees to earn rewards for taking care of their personal health. Together, employees focus on their wellbeing, empowering them to bring their best selves to work - from any location.


Create Connections

What is one of the most significant disadvantages of working from home? It’s the loss of community and teamwork. These missing connections are damaging not just for individuals but business culture, too. Lonely employees have lower job performance, and chronic loneliness can lead to serious health conditions, including coronary heart disease and depression. Thankfully, meaningful virtual connections can reboot your employees’ engagement and improve your corporate culture.

Transform the alienation of Zoom culture by bringing the water cooler to the digital world.  Gamifying wellness initiatives drive participation and provide employees with the opportunity to bond over activities and promote the social connectivity and culture that we once enjoyed in the office. What’s more, organizing holistic and healthy activities aligns your company with the intrinsic values your employees already hold.

Retaining and developing your talent comes down to this — providing purpose with a wellbeing-centric workplace drives employees to feel and give their best, benefitting the company as a whole.

Continue to support your remote, hybrid or onsite workforce with Sprout At Work, a wellbeing solution designed to educate, engage and inspire your employees.  Book your discovery call today.

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