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Bringing it Home: Workplace Wellness for Remote Employees and Beneficiaries

The landscape of workplace wellness has transformed to accommodate remote and hybrid workforces through fully digital well-being programs accessible via web portals and interactive apps. These programs are designed to engage remote workers and beneficiaries, transcending geographical barriers. Companies are realizing the financial and humanistic benefits of extending wellness initiatives to employees' families, indicating care and support beyond the workplace. Research highlights that involving family and friends enhances the effectiveness of wellness programs through social reinforcement.



A father who is a remote worker spending time with his family.
The technology-driven approach to wellness reflects a commitment to fostering healthier lives for employees, their families, and the broader community, regardless of their location.


The correlation between an individual's health outcomes and their social support underscores the opportunity for employee wellness initiatives to positively impact multiple family members' health. Inclusive programming that caters to caregivers and their responsibilities outside of work is crucial. "For example, one study found a significant association between social environment and health, stating that:

  • When one spouse becomes obese, the likelihood that the other spouse will become obese increases by 37%

  • If a person becomes obese, the likelihood of their siblings becoming obese increases by 40%

  • If a person becomes obese, the chance of their close friends becoming obese increases by 57%"

The adoption of fully digital wellness programs, accessible through web portals or apps, is pivotal for engaging remote workers and beneficiaries. These programs provide access to medical records, well-being coaches, interactive challenges, personalized health education, and more. Interactive wellness challenges, such as step-tracking competitions and habit-focused challenges, foster engagement and strengthen relationships among remote coworkers, beneficiaries, and medical professionals. The success of these programs lies in creating a supportive environment, leveraging technology to transcend physical distances, and acknowledging that well-being involves not only the individual but their entire support network.


Furthermore, incorporating family members into wellness initiatives is a strategic move, acknowledging that holistic health extends beyond the employee. While in-person wellness events may not be entirely replaced, the pivot towards fully digital programs demonstrates their effectiveness in driving participation and health outcomes. The technology-driven approach to wellness reflects a commitment to fostering healthier lives for employees, their families, and the broader community, regardless of their location. Check out the full article in Corporate Wellness Magazine.

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