A new year ushers in a wealth of goals, resolutions and trend forecasts make this year even better than the previous one. What’s one prediction we can be certain of? That employee health and well-being efforts will continue to grow and evolve throughout 2018. We asked the Wellness Council of Indiana Board of Advisors to share their employee health and well-being predictions for this year – here’s what they had to say:

  • Employers will focus more on aspects of holistic well-being
  • Health and well-being efforts directed at the mind will continue to evolve. From yoga to meditation to “brain enhancers” (nootropics or “mind change”), many of us are finding ways to reduce stress and think clearly
  • Healthy Tourism… an expansion of opportunities and/or marketing strategies that allow you to be well while vacationing. Tourism dollars will be spent around bike trails, walking and hiking opportunities, and “relaxing” places to visit while healing and rejuvenating
  • The focus will shift away from the fiscal return on investment to the value and the improved employee experience
  • More emphasis on the employee’s mental well-being
  • Making the healthier choice the easier choice
  • Focus on opioid addiction; activity and whole food eating
  • Employers will begin to focus on wellness initiatives beyond physical health and include financial wellness programs, chronic disease management, mental health programs
  • Engaging physicians to create real change in a patient’s health
  • Targeted and tailored messaging: get the right message to the right person at the right time
  • Using well-being as an organizational, people and leadership development tool
  • Companies will focus less on on-site occupational health on-site clinics, and more on prevention and health promotion-based models
  • Telemedicine solutions will continue to become more prevalent with employers and the suite of available services within these solutions will continue to expand
  • Continued evolution of wellness personalization, including customized programs to the needs of the individual and reach them at the time and place that they need the program. Wellness programs will be customized with multiple paths given goals or health conditions, wearable devices and apps that engage the participant to achieve individually set goals, and automated communication tools that can reach out to the individual based upon specific data inputs to provide coaching or to recommend the next step in the individual’s wellness journey.
  • Initiatives that help employees connect with positive lifestyle choices, such as wellness programs and access to healthy foods and activity will grow as more employers recognize their value for workforce retention, recruitment and engagement.