The Spring of 2020 put health concerns front and centre for organizations around the world. The pandemic impacted government and businesses of every size and type. Wellness went from being one of a long list of corporate priorities to top of the list as organizations shifted massive focus to the wellness of their employees. The early focus was on essential workers and now the entire workforce and others they interact with.
This sudden hyper focus on wellness forged a powerful coalition within organizations. Human resources, occupational health and safety, IT and other corporate services brought their respective knowledge and decision-making together to collaborate as never before for continued business operations. This teaming proved very effective and will become a permanent part of corporate mindset and decisions-making.
Similarly, business plans will have wellness as a top priority in 2021 and the foreseeable future. Wellness of employees and facilities has shifted from being an obligatory item on the corporate signage to an essential part of attracting and retaining talent. Flexible work arrangements, child and elder care, mental and physical wellness programs are all part of the new normal.
At Rimot we are in constant contact with organizations who are working through this priority shift. The immediate need for contactless screening for questionnaire and temperature was driven by Covid-19. We created RimotHealth to be safer, faster and more cost-effective than the manual screening that so many organizations quickly started and many are still doing.
We are now hearing that entry screening and masks are going to be continuing part of maintaining a healthy workplace. Anthony Fauci, Director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser for the White House’s Covid-19 response, said recently it’s likely Americans may have to wear face masks in 2022 to protect themselves against the coronavirus, even as the United States starts to return to “a significant degree of normality”.
Even expectations of the common cold and flu is an example of how wellness in the workplace has permanently changed. “I know you aren’t feeling that well but really need you in the office today” has been traded for “If you have any flu or cold symptoms please stay home”.
Customers are now discussing creative ideas and requirements that would extend the usefulness of RimotHealth beyond screening for physical health indicators. Ideas as simple as asking a mental health question as staff enter the building to get a pulse on group state of mind over time. We continue to evolve our RimotHealth screening solution as a sustainable tool in the corporate wellness program.
The increased priority on wellness dovetails into the ramp up of corporate social responsibility that was already underway prior to the pandemic. The Millennials and Gen Z who are making up an ever-growing part of the workforce and leadership teams will be sure it stays a high on the priority list for 2021 and into the future.