A Better Approach to Employee Wellness

A Better Approach to Employee Wellness

To build a successful and engaging employee well-being program, we must take a holistic view of what our employees need. We need to address the essential aspects of their lives, within the context of their environment. At Aduro, we believe this approach creates a shift toward a culture that supports personal and professional discovery and encourages meaningful long-term change. The traditional employee wellness approach largely fails to take into account the interconnected nature of our lives, including emotional, physical, financial and even social components. All impact overall health and well-being –strongly impacting their engagement, satisfaction and performance at work.

To close that gap, look for a well-being program with the following five components.

The 5 Key Principles of Human Performance

Our principles of Human Performance are our roadmap to reigniting humanity in the workplace.

1. Inclusive – Creating a Sense of Belonging

A high sense of belonging has been shown to increase job performance by 56 percent, lower turnover risk by 50 percent, and reduce sick days by 75 percent (hbr.org). To cultivate a sense of belonging in your well-being program, make sure it’s designed for everyone. At every level of your organization, people should feel that the company cares about them, invests in them, and hears them out. Your employees’ values, motivators, and goals should be what drives their unique experience with your well-being program.


Learn how to create a culture of belonging at your organization


2. Holistic – Supporting All Aspects of Life

For a program to integrate humanity, it must consider every aspect of what makes us human, not just our physical health. At Aduro, we help employees unlock their true potential by letting them decide what they want to be great at. It’s called “Human Performance,” and it focuses on the six interconnected aspects of our lives that influence our ability to thrive.

By investing in every aspect of who your employees are, you’ll build strong individuals, and ultimately, a strong company.

Lifestyle & Health

The ability to make better day-to-day decisions by understanding how they connect to future outcomes. Lifestyle changes often lead to improved flourishing by impacting mental and physical health as well as happiness and life satisfaction. 

  • Lifestyle: Choices, habits, and ways of living that impact our health and well-being. 
  • Health: A state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and, not merely, the absence of disease or infirmity. (nih.gov)

Mindset & Resilience

Recognizing your own “default” settings, to better respond to adversity. Our lived experiences and beliefs create our mindsets. Mindsets are our personal “defaults” or unconscious programming how we will think, act and operate at baseline. When we become aware of our mindset, we can identify opportunities to learn, grow and respond better to adversity. Resilience is our ability to respond to adversity and our willingness to change when needed. 

  • Mindset: The thoughts and beliefs that shape how you think, what you feel, your habits, and your actions. 
  • Resilience: The ability to adapt and recover in the face of adversity or change, and the willingness to move forward.

Money & Prosperity

Understanding your relationship with money and how you can move from meeting basic needs to leading a fulfilling, secure life. Human Performance depends upon a persons’ ability to care for and adequately fund their basic needs. Understanding your relationship with money, or your money mindset, is an essential first step to move beyond basic needs toward a fulfilling, secure life. 

  • Money: To provide for basic needs and your money mindset. 
  • Prosperity: Having the resources needed to live a successful life. 

Development & Growth

Personal and professional development creates a cycle of growth and mentorship. Human beings have an inherent desire and capacity to grow and develop throughout their lives. Every time we experience change or learn something new, we have a growth opportunity. Both personal and professional development lead to overall growth possibility. 

  • Development: Activities to improve awareness, identify goals, and build skills to reach your potential.
  • Growth: Meaningful improvement or alignment with goals and values.

Relationships & Community

Learning how our connections can help to build and strengthen our sense of belonging and community. Life happens in relationships with others. Healthy social connections and all supportive relationships – including romantic, friendships, family relationships and working relationships – can improve health and well-being. 

  • Relationships: Caring and being cared for by others. Maintaining a positive connection. 
  • Community: A feeling of fellowship and belonging with others through shared attributes, interests or goals.

Purpose & Contribution

When people have a clear purpose, they’re able to show up fully. Purpose and contribution are what make our actions and goals seem significant and can lead to greater life satisfaction and well-being. Our sense of purpose and the ways we contribute can evolve and change over our lifetimes. Consistently revisiting what gives your life meaning allows you to take meaningful action. 

  • Purpose: The reason for doing what we do. When our thoughts and actions are aligned toward a goal or intention. 
  • Contribution: Giving something of yourself externally in a purposeful way.

Companies and individuals alike are increasingly aware that a holistic approach to well-being is the power source for Human Performance across all the roles and functions we fulfill in our daily lives. An employee cannot be expected to maintain high standards of performance if attention and care are not provided for all the dimensions that impact well-being across multiple social roles. If a person is physically well but suffers mentally, they cannot be expected to perform. By the same token, if a person is using all their resources to maintain performance at work, they may be forced to neglect other social roles. And eventually, their work performance will suffer as a result. 

A holistic approach to well-being focuses on “humans” rather than “employees.” We may all have different social roles, but we are all human beings. Employee performance cannot be seen as something only loosely related to Human Performance; it must be viewed as an outcome of Human Performance. And the primary driver of Human Performance is comprehensive well-being rooted in all six interrelated aspects of life.


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3. Individualized and Authentic – Personalized for continued engagement

Each person has their own unique set of values and motivators. To inspire engagement, you need a program that can be tailored to the individual. It should allow people to choose their path and focus on what’s most important to them. Using a variety of inputs — including a person’s Human Performance Profile, biometrics, and device measurements, Human Performance Assessment, the Flourishing Index, and personal preferences — we deliver activities and paths that are prioritized specifically for each employee.

4. Based on Science – Driving behavior change through motivation

There is a science behind motivation. When people are given the tools to understand and act on their motivation, they feel a greater sense of satisfaction and investment in the outcome. Aduro helps people unlock their unique motivators with a Transformative Habit Change Model (THCM) rooted in science, gamification, and incentives. We inspire action by creating an experience that combines the best in digital technology with a human connection. The digital experience takes place on Aduro’s platform, Aduro Connect™, which offers content resources to help support your employees on their individual journeys. Your employees will receive real-time alerts, nudges and personalized messages that can drive engagement and meaningful change. We couple that digital experience with expert-led guidance from our Human Performance coaches. They can provide one-on-one or group coaching to help people overcome obstacles and tap into their greatness. 


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5. Driving Performance – Using results to make progress

A well-designed program that puts people first is what drives performance for the individual and the organization. To help you measure your program’s success, Aduro leverages a system called “Objectives and Key Results” (OKRs). OKRs consist of a high-level, inspirational Objective that defines a goal, and multiple Key Results that quantify meaningful achievements that demonstrate attainment of that Objective. What does that mean for you? You’ll always know exactly how your program is performing through regular updates that make progress transparent. We can also help you identify and overcome roadblocks that come up along the way. By combining data and human intelligence, you’ll have a program that you can truly own including its success. 


Driving Meaningful Change with your Employees

These key principles of Human Performance are the catalyst for what makes our employee well-being solutions successful. We unlock human potential in the workplace by providing expert coaching, interactive content, meaningful incentives and personalized insights in a fun, inspiring way. ​


Dive deeper into how we drive impactful and meaningful positive change in our eBook ‘Bringing Humanity Back to the Workplace.’