Harvard Business Review recently noted that, “Wellness will become the newest metric that companies use to understand their employees.” 

In the wake of the pandemic, now is the perfect time to make sure your students and young professionals include their spiritual wellness in this new metric. After all, for many years, businesses around the globe have attempted to use various metrics, such as employee satisfaction or engagement, to understand, monitor and retain their employees. In 2022, organizations will add new measures that assess workers’ mental, physical, and financial health.

A Gartner 2020 survey of 52 HR executives found that:

  • 94% of companies made significant investments in their well-being programs
  • 85% increased support for mental health benefits
  • 50% increased support for physical well-being
  • 38% increased support for financial well-being

These programs are effective for workers who take advantage of them. Gartner analysis shows that employees who utilize these benefits report 23% higher levels of mental health, 17% higher levels of physical health, and are 23% more likely to say they sleep well at night. These improvements in personal outcomes translate to higher levels of performance and retention. 

If a student was previously hesitant about speaking to their boss(es) in order to leave on a Friday and make it home for Shabbat or to your house for the Friday night meal…now is the time to speak up! Companies should take into account one’s spiritual well-being and know they will end up with a more productive student/employee/intern.

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