Introducing health and wellness on Udemy for Business
Today’s millennial workers demand more from their employers than any previous generation. They not only expect organizations to provide them with meaningful, stimulating work but also insist that businesses foster their professional development and promote their personal well-being. Udemy for Business has long been committed to helping hundreds of forward-thinking businesses upskill their workforces by providing them with relevant, dynamic courses for working professionals. Now, in order to help businesses take a more holistic approach to employee welfare, we are excited to announce our new Health and Wellness category. Here, business and employees will find courses ranging from meditation to yoga and ergonomics to stress management.
Why the focus on health and wellness? Technology has taken over the workplace and our performance expectations of employees have risen as a result of this. Weekend and evening work is not uncommon, with employees clocking an average of 4.5 extra hours a week outside the regular 9 to 5. In fact, a huge percentage of us have our phone in the bedroom at night and even check email in bed. But being constantly plugged in is taking its toll. Sleep deprivation, inactivity, and overexertion are unhealthy and unproductive. We have a collective responsibility and opportunity to help employees restore balance so they can thrive personally and professionally.
Consider this statement from Caroline Webb, CEO of Sevenshift, an advisory firm that uses behavioral science to help clients improve their professional lives, and the author of the new book How to Have a Good Day. In a recent McKinsey podcast, she points out:
… [the investment of time in sleep, exercise, and mindfulness] … it’s not just an investment that pays back long term, it’s an investment that pays back, all the evidence suggests, rather immediately. The idea of that shift…is something which I’ve seen at the heart of everybody who makes a difference in the way that they’re living their lives, and also in the way that their teams around them are living their lives.”
Many companies are taking this advice to heart. For example, Thoughtspot, a startup modernizing the way companies do business intelligence, is already ahead of the curve. Alicia Avrach, a content strategist at ThoughtSpot said, “I just saw that Udemy is introducing a wellness category. This is great news and supports some of our initiatives to bring more wellness into the workplace. How did you know?”
Taking a proactive approach to the health and well-being of your employees goes a long way toward employee satisfaction. At Udemy for Business, we can help you achieve your health and wellness goals through engaging, high-quality courses. We believe in giving businesses the tools they need to reward employees with the kind of care and support fit for the modern workforce.