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Four simple ways to increase social connectivity right now


There’s a lot of buzz in the headlines around more organizations revamping their work environments to have staff return to the office either full-time or in a hybrid model. While a hybrid model provides your staff with work/life flexibility and could save on office expenses, this could also isolate staff and contribute to a decline in their psychological and physical health.

A strong support system is a key part of our health and wellbeing, and research shows that social connections lead to better health outcomes. According to Psychology Today, social connection strengthens our immune system, helps us recover from disease faster, and may even lengthen our life. In fact – social connection leads to a 50% increased chance of longevity. ​

What can you do to help staff create and retain social connections?

Did you know that you can help your members build social connections with the Virgin Pulse app? That’s right! As members connect with peers, friends, and family within the Virgin Pulse app, they’ll be able to:

  • Socialize with one another via Challenges and Social Groups​
  • Invite friends & family to further immerse themselves into your program
  • Recognize others through Shoutouts​

Four ways to build connections within the app right now

As part of your Homebase for Health®, the Virgin Pulse app offers various options to help your members build connections. From our Challenges to social groups, there is something for every member. Check out these four tips you can implement right now! Don’t forget – your Account Management team can help you roll these out to your members.

  1. Challenge Library
    • Our robust Challenge Library boasts over 80 unique Challenges to help engage members while creating positive social dynamics in a gamified experience.
    • Check out the Admin Portal Guides Habit Challenges, Spotlight Challenges or Step Challenges on the Client Resource Center (Password required: VirginPulseCRC!)
  2. Family & Friends
    • Members can invite up to 10 friends or family members to allow them to extend their community.
    • View our feature guide and offline asset for Friends and Family on the Client Resource Center (Password required: VirginPulseCRC!).
  3. Social Groups
    • In order to increase the positive impact of your program, members can create and join groups based on common interests.
    • View our feature guide for Social Groups on the Client Resource Center (Password required: VirginPulseCRC!)
  4. Shoutouts
    • Sharing is caring! With Shoutouts, members can share their appreciation and words of encouragement with others on the app.

Quote2Help your members get social

With so many ways to support your members, it can be a challenge to identify and incorporate the best strategies. But don’t worry! As an extension of your health and wellbeing program team, we’re here to help. Contact your Virgin Pulse Account Management Team to find out how to enhance your program to create more social connections.

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