Guest post from Ashley Spetch, Ph.D.
Vice President, Workplace Health and Research at Homewood Health
Workplace Health: do you know what makes a happy workforce? Ashley Spetch, Homewood Health
As Vice President of Workplace Health and Research at Homewood Health, I lead research initiatives and facilitate growth in areas related to workforce psychology.
On May 24, I had the pleasure of speaking at the Wello Health Lab Series, the first in a thought-provoking speaker series geared towards innovative company leaders, human resource professionals and benefits consultants.
Employee needs are evolving quickly, and mental health support is at the top of a long list of considerations. Every week, 500,000 Canadians are unable to work due to mental illness. That’s why it’s essential for organizations to ensure that the psychological health of their employees is top of mind and always considered.
I’ll pose a few questions: Do you know what makes a happy workforce? How are your senior leaders motivating your employees to do their best? Happiness isn’t just something that makes us feel good, and it’s not driven by life circumstances alone, but built through social connections and intentional activities surrounding health and wellness.
Organizations with an integrated psychological health strategy that includes wellness, mental health, and workplace factors, foster healthy work environments where employees are motivated, engaged and productive.
Consider this… 1 out of 5 Canadians reported waiting 7 or more days the last time they needed medical attention. Convenient access to healthcare benefits everyone. It saves organizations and individuals billions of dollars while also reducing absenteeism and improving work-life balance. One of the ways businesses are moving to improve workplace wellness is by offering employees access to telemedicine.
Wello, a Canadian telemedicine service, works with organizations like Homewood Health to better support the health and well-being of employees. Wello is the first Canadian telemedicine service to utilize nurse practitioners who provide care and support when employees are sick, but also support wellness through health advice (including confidential discussions about mental health issues and referrals when medically appropriate). Through video and phone visits, employees can access same-day care from anywhere – their office, a remote work site or at home with their families.
Homewood Health partners with organizations like Wello to provide the tools necessary to support the integration of virtual healthcare into workforces and measures, analyzes and reports on the financial return on their investment. It’s a win-win for both businesses and individuals – healthy, happy employees are essential for a business to thrive. As Wello will say, “Healthy People Do Amazing Things”…I can’t advocate for that enough!
About Homewood Health
Canada’s leader in mental health and addiction services, providing a continuum of stay at work, return to work and treatment services through our team of over 4,500 staff and clinical professionals. Homewood services focus on helping people and organizations get better. With over 130 years of experience in mental health and addiction, they create, innovate, and collaborate every day to improve their model of care and improve lives.
Find out more at homewoodhealth.com
Wello is an innovative virtual healthcare service created to provide Canadians with convenient and comfortable health support 24/7 from their home or office. As part of INLIV, which has been providing healthcare and corporate medical services in Western Canada for 40 years, Wello supports the health and well-being of companies and families through a caring and skilled team of nurse practitioners, available by phone, video or secure message.
Learn more about workplace health at wello.ca.