Why is it the right time to implement Employee Wellness Programs?

With the derailing of business operations by COVID-19,  most companies have switched to remote work for ensuring employee safety. While precautions can help in keeping this dangerous pathogen at bay, taking care of mental health and wellness plays an extremely crucial role. As the wellbeing of your remote workers matters more than anything else, leveraging employee wellness programs can help reduce stressors caused by the pandemic. Let’s dig deeper into employee wellness programs and why you need to implement them: 

Employee wellness programs and their benefits

Employee wellness programs are a comprehensive set of resources that are primarily designed to promote the overall health and safety of employees. A wellness program might include assessments, strategies, policies, as well as activities tailored to target the specific needs of every employee. Implementing an employee wellness program can be beneficial for your business in numerous ways such as:

  • Increased employee engagement: Using employee wellness programs can help in effectively addressing employee issues which further boosts engagement. By successfully engaging the employees, a wellness program helps them develop a healthy relationship with the company.

  • Reduced absenteeism: By improving employee health and uplifting their morale, wellness programs help to decrease absenteeism.

  • Decreased healthcare costs: Implementing a well-thought wellness program can help minimize healthcare costs. According to the Harvard Wellness Program study, a company saves around $3.27 over every dollar invested in a wellness program.

  • Enhanced employee productivity: By building a great workplace culture, wellness programs enable employees to realize their true potential which results in higher productivity. 

Why should you implement employee wellness programs during COVID?

As the pandemic has massive health, social, and economic devastation, implementing employee wellness programs has become more essential to assess employee sentiments on the new way of working. By uncovering key factors that can help to boost the employees’ productivity even during the uncertain times, wellness programs help you create a sustainable working model that contributes to success. Here’s why you need to focus on implementing wellness programs for your employees:

  • Mental Health
    Using employee wellness programs can help to effortlessly manage the mental-health challenges that employees face due to the burden of remote working. Being digitally engaged at their homes all day long, employees usually experience a blurring of work-life balance. Offering free therapy sessions and confidential counseling can support the employees' mental health in challenging times.

  • Physical Health
    Considered as a key metric for driving productivity, physical health plays an indispensable role in workforce performance. Implementing wellness programs help you promote healthy behavior among employees in the remote workplace. Conducting health webinars and online fitness classes enable your employees to stay fit and well.

Engaging remote workers with your wellness program

As most of the employees have been working from their homes nowadays, it’s important to create wellness programs that resonate well with the remote workforce. Follow these tips to seamlessly engage remote workers with your wellness initiatives: 

Follow a flexible approach

Since you need to create wellness programs for your remote workers, flexibility should be given utmost priority. Be it conducting live-streaming fitness sessions or sharing vouchers for online clinical checkups, following an ‘out-of-the-box’ approach always helps you to engage your workforce in wellness programs.  

Leverage digital solutions 

Including online fitness sessions in your wellness program is just one way of reaching out to remote employees. Conducting webinars and presentations related to work, finances, family, and health on digital platforms like Skype, Zoom, and other video resources could encourage remote workforce engagement.

Go beyond geographical locations

To cultivate wellness for employees in a remote setting, it's important to check that wellness initiatives of engagement programs are not restricted to a particular location. You should avoid adding offsite options in your wellness programs. Enable your employees to participate in health screenings from their own community clinic or specific healthcare professional. Also, providing fitness equipment to remote employees can help to track their activity, no matter where they are.

Building a successful wellness program for your employees

 

Begin with assessments

Before developing a wellness program for your employees, it’s important to evaluate their overall health and personal interests. Conducting surveys for your workforce help to gain actionable insights into their needs. Also, conducting a health risk assessment helps you analyze the health of your workforce before setting up a wellness program for them. Use Voxco’s omnichannel solutions to uncover the key drivers of employee experience.

Establish your objectives 

After a successful assessment of your workforce, you need to wisely set up goals for your program. Be it improving the health of your employees, reducing the absenteeism rate, or maximizing the productivity of your workforce, each goal is a statement of long-term accomplishment that is expected from the wellness program.

Design your wellness program
 

Based on the varying needs and resources of the company, employers design an effective wellness program for their workforce. No matter if the design of a wellness program is a simple or detailed one, it needs to target risk behaviors while aligning well with the employees' interests. Your wellness programs might be focussed on stress reduction, health screenings, weight loss, nutrition education, smoking cessation, exercise programs, and more. 

Creating an employee wellness program can help to improve the health and wellbeing of your remote workers even during unprecedented times. Need to bolster your employee experience with best-in-class employee wellness programs? Get in touch with us to book a demo! 

Sumit Aneja, Voxco’s CEO, recognized in The Software Report’s 2020 Top 50 SaaS CEO List

We are excited to announce that Voxco's CEO, Sumit Aneja figures among the Top 50 SaaS CEOs of 2020 by The Software Report.  
Reviewed across a number of parameters including company performance, workplace culture, product strength, and strategic decision-making, these exceptional CEOs were selected through positive nominations from colleagues, peers, and other software industry participants. 
The Software Report's 2020 Top 50 SaaS CEO list recognizes CEOs for their unique skill set and leadership style - for communicating an inspiring vision, designing a strong corporate strategy, achieving performance targets consistently while supporting their employees. 

À propos de Voxco

Voxco is a global leader in omnichannel cloud and on-premise enterprise feedback management solutions. By helping market research firms, government agencies, and global corporations to unlock the full potential of data, we empower them with online and mobile surveys, over-the-phone interviews, or face-to-face offline surveys to collect data anytime, anywhere. Founded over 45 years ago, Voxco has been catering to more than 450 clients in over 40 countries. Learn more at voxco.com.

About The Software Report

Based in New York, The Software Report is known for providing market research & insights, investment activities, business news, and corporate actions about the software sector. Professionally run by a team of writers, editors as well as media professionals who have in-depth knowledge about the software industry, The Software Report can fully realize the growth potential of companies that make up the sector.

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Voxco Survey Software Expands Leadership Team and Hires CMO and VP Growth Marketing to Strengthen Customer and Employee Experience Management

– Voice of Customer veteran Jonathan Levitt hired as CMO
– Abhey Rana hired as VP, Growth Marketing

MONTREAL, March 3, 2020 – Voxco announced today the appointment of Jonathan Levitt, a senior industry executive with extensive brand and marketing experience to the position of CMO, and Abhey Rana as VP Growth Marketing. 

Jonathan Levitt

Directeur Marketing

Levitt has spent 25 years helping brands understand their audience and leverage technology and data to build better product and customer experiences. He has worked with brands of all sizes including global players such as Walmart, Target, Williams-Sonoma, The New York Times and Google. He is a recognized authority in the spheres of marketing, analytics, voice of customer and customer experience measurement. Levitt previously held senior positions at Voice of Customer provider OpinionLab as well as survey provider iPerceptions.

“I’m excited to be joining the team at Voxco” Levitt stated. “Voxco is a well respected leader in market research technology and services, and is poised for rapid growth as more and more global corporations understand the importance of leveraging the voice of the customer”.

Abhey Rana

Directeur marketing digital

Abhey Rana has a decade of experience in marketing, design and content strategy for brands and startups. He worked as VP Growth Marketing at a funded Fintech Startup Trupay, acquired by The Mobile Wallet in 2018. He was also co-founder of a cosmetics venture Tattva Naturals, which was selected by Amazon’s Startup launchpad program, and created social media strategies for Sports brand SFL & TV channel Best Deal TV. He’s been recognised by the Chief Economic Advisor of India for designing the first coloured cover of India’s top policy making document – Economic Survey.

“We are extremely pleased to be adding these two executives to the Voxco family.” said Sumit Aneja, Voxco CEO. “Each with their respective expertise will ensure we are on the path to rapid, sustainable growth and establish Voxco as the leader in providing omnichannel data collection and insight solutions globally.”

À propos de Voxco

Voxco is a global leader in cloud and on-premise survey software. It provides survey organizations and insights departments with options to collect survey data anytime and anywhere via online surveys, over-the-phone interviews or face-to-face mobile offline surveys. Any method can be used individually or as part of Voxco’s multimode platform. Founded over 25 years ago, Voxco provides products and services to customers in over 30 countries.

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Women in Research Technology: Voxco Celebrates International Women’s Day

In honor of International Women’s Day this year, we wanted to highlight the talented and diverse team at Voxco Survey Software.

We relish any opportunity we have to celebrate our coworkers’ unique voices and today is no exception!

As a survey software technology company, we are well aware of the narrative surrounding the lack of gender diversity in tech, and the impact we can have in changing it.

In a study on perceptions of gender equality by PwC, only 22% of surveyed students could name a famous woman in technology, but 75% could name a famous man. Fortunately, times are changing, and the amount of women in technology fields are on an upward trend.

To mark the occasion, we asked the women of Voxco a question:

What does it mean to you to be a woman in technology?

Read on to see their insights:

Liu, Marketing Manager:

“We all struggle from imposter syndrome to some degree. We have to find a way to be comforted by the unifying experience of being questioned on your expertise, and questioning it yourself. You are not alone!

Something that really helps no matter what field or industry you work in, is to continually seek out knowledge and learn new things. It’s crucial to stay up to date in order to feel ready for the challenges of your day-to-day and the bigger picture.”

Cettina, Sales:

“I’ve worked in technology for my entire career, and it’s been great to see more women taking a seat at the table and feeling comfortable to speak up and take space. We are still a ways to go in terms of progress, but I take comfort in seeing the numbers creep up.

Voxco is a great company to work for, we are lucky enough to have strong women leaders in our management and executive team – resulting in policies around work/life balance that benefit everyone.”

Catherine, Tech Support:

“A few years ago I had an interesting job interview. The manager verbally administered a 100 question quiz, correcting me after each response. There was no need for him to do this, as they were all basic questions. 

I described the whole scene to my good friend Mary, who also works in Tech Support. She told me not to worry and that women with our skills are like unicorns. Feeling cynical at the time, I joked: “So no one believes in us?”

That’s not what she meant, of course. Mary was saying that we are rare and magical and that anyone with sense would see the value of having a woman on their team.

There are days I can still be a bit discouraged, but most days I lean towards the Mary perspective. Either way, I have always felt that I am in the where field I belong and I that do good work here!”

Diane, Training Director:

“Thankfully, being a woman has never been that prevalent of an issue in my career. I’ve always been able to feel accepted by everyone in the work environments I was in.”

Anita, Product Manager:

“Interestingly enough, throughout my whole career in technology, I’ve always been the member of a really diverse team with many women. I feel lucky to have been in those environments, because I know my experience is not common and there is still progress to be made.

That being said, I look forward to a future in which more women are shoulder-to-shoulder at tech companies and anywhere else they see fit.”

Karine, Accounting Analyst:

“It has been amazing to see the cultural shift in the past few decades! I think people take for granted the opportunities we have today.

I’m elated to see that my daughter feels comfortable to pursue any career she might be interested in, no matter what domain it is in. Generationally speaking, my mother had way less options for what was deemed acceptable work for a woman.” 

Dominique, Project Manager:

“I started my career in the market research industry, and technology for data collection was just in its infancy! At that time, I discovered that I actually thrived in helping bigger companies implement robust technology solutions.

The world of tech is constantly evolving, and it is stimulating to work with different perspectives and help our clients become more efficient. My advice to women in the workplace would be to persist, ask questions, get involved, and find their niche.

We can’t fall into the trap of thinking it’s a man’s world anymore! I see incredibly competent women in tech. We have a natural aptitude for listening, understanding needs, and delivering top notch results – exactly what tech companies need.”

Helene, Content Manager:

“It’s one of my career goals to ensure that I recognize when I’m in a place of privilege and can lift other women up in their careers – through hiring, or mentoring, or lending an ear.

I’ve been so fortunate to have been mentored by accomplished women and I want to give that gift back whenever I can.”