The Well-Being Difference: Taking a Holistic Approach to Corporate Wellness Programs

According to a study conducted by Pew Research Center in early 2020, one third of Americans have experienced high levels of psychological distress during the pandemic. Nearly one year into this event, we also know that stress and burnout are now more prominent in the workplace than ever.

These issues were rising even prior to the pandemic, but what is clear now is just how many employees are expecting support from their employers. According to a MetLife survey, 76% of employees think their workplace has a responsibility for their health and well-being. As noted in the summary of the study (linked), employees need an ally. Employers can assume this role by acknowledging their employees as whole people and providing holistic support through their wellness programming.

The standard corporate wellness offerings like health risk assessments, biometric screenings, and behavior change programs like weight loss and smoking cessation play a necessary role in moving employees toward healthy habits, but emphasizing only remedial measures or addressing just one or two of the dimensions of well-being without the others creates a missed opportunity.

If you are in an HR or employee benefits role, ask yourself the question – is my company’s programming truly holistic in nature? Does it offer options that speak to a broad range of needs including physical and mental wellbeing, stress management, nutrition, as well as opportunities to create community amongst employees?

Consider the 8 dimensions of well-being including physical, mental emotional, environmental, financial, occupational, social, intellectual, and even spiritual layers.  It is often the most basic factors that influence how employees show up in their lives and at work, yet these basics have become compromised resulting in heightened levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and burnout.

If you find yourself in need of new and creative resources, look no further than the Urban Balance virtual catalog filled with practical, customizable holistic wellness offerings designed to support your employees in their day-to-day experience.

The beauty of this programming is that you can mix and match the offerings to find just the right formula for your unique employees. Combine multiple categories of offerings to create a core employee wellness program from scratch, or approach them as supplements your company’s existing health & wellness offerings such as its’ employee assistance (EAP) and telehealth programs.

No matter your approach, our team of well-being experts brings the practice, whether it’s via a weekly corporate yoga or meditation class, to help employees shed their work-from-home stress, nutrition & cooking webinars to help them eat mindfully, self-care webinars to help them build resilience skills, or even a day-long employee wellness retreat to help build a sense of community amongst team members.

In the end, employees receive tools to help them find balance and reset as they need to, and you can rest a little easier knowing they’re getting the resources they need.


Urban Balance is the premiere provider of comprehensive on-site corporate wellness services in Portland, Oregon. We deliver yoga, Pilates, meditation, massage, nutrition and learning opportunities to the office environment for happier employees and a healthier bottom line.

We now offer many of these services online! Check out our catalog of Virtual Wellness Services here.

If your company is ready to step up its corporate wellness programming, contact us today to learn how Urban Balance can support your employees and wellness goals!