SHRM Preview #3
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is holding their annual conference and exposition in Las Vegas from June 28 – July 1 this year, and thousands of HR professionals are expected to attend. The annual SHRM Conference is the largest of its kind, and a great place to network, learn new skills, and hear from industry experts on the latest in recognition, incentives, benefits, and employee engagement.
We’ve scanned through the 2015 conference programming and chosen a few sessions we think will be worth your time, and will be profiling them with commentary leading up to the conference. The next session we’re excited about is There’s an Energy Crisis: And It’s a HUMAN One!, presented by Sheri Barnes, Chief Executive Officer of WorkLifeChange. Barnes’ session promises to teach some simple, sustainable changes your employees can make to have a considerable positive impact on their well-being and personal health, to the benefit of your bottom line.
Employee well-being is a term that has been getting a lot of attention these days, and the main reason we’re looking forward to this one. The much ballyhooed Millennial generation, having grown up in an age of economic crises and corporate bailouts, is demanding more focus on personal happiness, flexibility, and trust from companies as they become the workforce’s most influential demographic. A side effect of that is the idea of holistic wellness, or wellness initiatives that seek to improve not just the physical health of employees, but mental and spiritual health as well.
Many companies are finding that offering a wider variety of health options to employees and letting them take the approach that best fits their individual lifestyles yields greater rewards in the areas of retention, engagement, and overall happiness than traditional HRA screenings, diet and exercise routine. Holistic programs also save some scratch – a recent Gallup study found that employees who are only thriving in the arena of physical health miss 68 percent more work than those thriving in all aspects of well-being. That adds up to an estimated $443,000 in lost productivity per 1,000 employees per year due to missed workdays.
The Smart Choice
A strong, sustained commitment to holistic well-being is becoming the smart choice for companies looking to get more bang out of their wellness program bucks, and why we recommend CEO Shari Barnes’ session, scheduled for June 29, 7:00AM – 8:15AM. Don’t let the human energy crisis stop you from getting up early and gaining some helpful tips for improving your employees’ experience at work and in life.