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September 27, 2021 Amelia Wilcox

6 Things that Companies with Effective Wellbeing Programs Do (with Infographic)

Findings from State of Employee Wellbeing

Effective wellbeing programs are hard to come by. Wellbeing programs are more prominent than ever, yet half of employees never use them!

In this blog post, we’ll walk through some brand new findings from on which employee wellbeing strategies work for HR leaders and their teams. To read the full report and access an infographic on the findings, go here.

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Mental health is a pandemic

94% of HR professionals agree or strongly agree that COVID-19 significantly reduced employee wellbeing at their company.

More people are struggling with mental health challenges than ever before—especially among Millennials and Gen Z.

At our Brain Trust and HR Support Group meetings, HR leaders express how stressed their workforce is and how difficult staying connected and supporting one another in a remote work environment is.

You may notice that employees miss meetings, get behind on tasks, and keep their video off during Zoom meetings.

As an HR leader, maybe you’ve experienced some of these things yourself. It can be hard enough to support yourself, let alone your entire team!

Related: 5 Common Challenges HR Leaders are Facing Right Now (+ Expert Solutions)

Employees resist help

At least 1 out of 4 people struggles with a mental illness. Yet, many never seek help.

Increases in challenges like work-life balance, overwhelming workload, team communication, and anxiety have led most companies to take action. The key is to get employees to use the tools employers provide them.

While 94% of HR leaders say that their organization provides at least one initiative to support employee mental health and wellbeing, about 50% of employees still don’t seek help.


  1. Most EAPs and wellbeing programs fail to address the barriers to care
  2. Many companies have a wellbeing initiative but don’t make it a #1 priority
  3. Many employers only provide one employee initiative that does not meet a wide variety of needs

Keep reading for strategies that will help you overcome these things.

6 Things that Companies with Effective Wellbeing Programs Do—man using macbook in home office

What companies with effective wellbeing programs do

Many companies miss the mark in these 6 areas. Read on to learn what the best of the best are doing to support employee wellbeing in their workplace.

1. Offer multiple different wellbeing initiatives found that the most popular wellbeing initiatives focus on the following aspects of life:

  1. Physical
  2. Mental and emotional
  3. Workplace environment
  4. Financial
  5. Social

Some wellbeing programs (like Nivati) address all of these areas in a holistic wellbeing solution.

Related: Actionable Ways HR Can Support Employees in all 8 Areas of Wellness

2. Respond effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic

Employees that feel safe on the job will fair better in every area.

We highly recommend that you keep in mind how your company is supporting parents during this time. Parents have taken a huge hit these past couple of years—be there for them!

3. Reduce employee stressors in the workplace

Taking even small stressors out of everyday life can reduce employee stress.

Reduce the number of meetings your team has with tools like Volley. Set the example by turning off notifications at the end of your workday and not answering emails on the weekends.

Here are some more ideas on how to reduce stressors in the office.

4. Make mental health a high priority

If wellbeing and mental health isn’t a top priority, it will go to the wayside.

Recognize that if your employees aren’t doing well in their personal lives, they won’t perform well on the job. It is well worth the investment!

You can start by setting the example. Talk about your own mental health and wellbeing and how your company’s initiatives have helped you.

Also start training your managers on how to talk about mental health at work.

Check out our guide on employee mental health for managers.

5. Report better employee experience, retention, engagement, and performance

Your wellbeing programs need to address the barriers to care in order to improve the employee experience. Things like:

  • Therapist or practitioner availability
  • Cost of care
  • Time to get an appointment with a doctor or therapist
  • The stigma around mental health

Read The Step-by-Step Guide to Increase EAP Utilization to see how companies increase engagement with their EAPs and wellness programs—improving the employee experience in the process.

6. Plan more wellbeing initiates in the next couple of years

So—what are HR leaders looking to add to their wellbeing toolbox in the future?

  1. Continuing remote work options
  2. Offering more flexible work schedules
  3. Supporting and providing more telehealth and teletherapy options
  4. Providing more educational resources on mental health and physical health
  5. Monitoring how workplace wellness and employee satisfaction are connected

We hope these strategies and insights help your team improve employee wellbeing!

This article was inspired by findings from the State of Employee Wellbeing conference. Download the full report here.

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Check out the two-page State of Employee Wellbeing infographic below, with key findings from the report: + Nivati State of Employee Wellbeing + Nivati State of Employee Wellbeing Infographic Part 2

For even more on how COVID-19 has affected the workforce, check out the presentation with CEO Amelia Wilcox and Lead Clinician Haeli Harris from September 21st. Check out The New Pandemic: Supporting Families in the Mental Health Crisis in the video below and read the blog post recap on the webcast here.

Amelia Wilcox

Amelia Wilcox is the Founder and CEO of Nivati, a leader in corporate massage and employee mental health support since 2010. Her high-growth B2B company provides employee stress management tools that arm businesses with actionable data and positive employee experiences to improve wellbeing, boost morale, and increase engagement.

Amelia has exponentially grown her company from a solo living-room service business to an international technology brand.

Recently listed as a Forty Under 40, Fast 50, Inc 5000 Twice awarded National Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year

Licenses, Certifications & Memberships
Licensed Massage Therapist since 2002
Member of American Massage Therapy Association
Served on Utah Worksite Wellness Council from 2012-2015

Attended Utah College of Massage Therapy
Educated in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at the University of Utah

Massage Magazine (AMTA's publication)