Most people agree that health, wealth, and happiness correlate throughout our lives. If you have a health crisis, it’s hard to find true happiness. If you’re living paycheck to paycheck and still have mounting debt it’s difficult to find the time and money to take care of yourself.
While ultimate perfection in life might be a lifelong pursuit, a company wellness program provides benefits in all three areas to give your employees a jump start to a healthy, wealthy, and happy life.
What is a wellness program?
A wellness program can be anything from a structured and sponsored program to a walking group at lunchtime or weight loss challenge each month. It’s simply a way to encourage, promote, and reward healthy living by your employees.
Isn’t their health their own problem? Well yes, kind of. Healthy employees lead to less sick days, less turnover, and higher job satisfaction. It contributes to weight loss, obesity prevention, lowered blood pressure and cholesterol management. These all lead to higher productivity and lower health care costs, making it a win win for everyone.
Let’s get started:
A corporate wellness doesn’t have to be complicated and doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. There are more creative ways of cultivating a healthy office environment. It’s all about sharing experiences and breeding motivation. In fact, 80% of employees at companies with robust health and wellness programs feel engaged and cared for by their employers.
The best wellness programs share a few key attributes:
They are easy to do.
Keep things accessible by providing things at the office. This might be a yoga class during the lunch hour, or diabetes counseling or a stress seminar available during the day.
They use competition.
Tap into the competitive side of employees and create a challenge to motivate everyone. This can be a simple weight loss challenge, step challenge, push up competition, or an impromptu competition of who has the healthiest lunch.
They create a healthy environment
It’s hard to promote wellness when the hallway is lined with vending machines full of cookies and chips. Instead, provide healthy snack alternatives in the break room.
They aren’t just about food.
A good wellness program incorporates mental wellness as well as physical. They promote and sometimes even require breaks throughout the day. They promote other areas of wellness like reading, reducing stress, getting enough sleep and spending time with families.
The leaders are on board.
If the leadership doesn’t promote, support, and encourage wellness, chances are no one else will either.
It’s incorporated well.
A wellness program shouldn’t just be another packet in the benefits folder. It should be integrated into other company programs, made a part of company events, activities, and incentives.
Every company is different, so your wellness program will be different than another, and it should be. Survey your employees to see what areas they’d like support or help with.