When effective, corporate wellness programs have a positive effect on the health, happiness and well-being of employees. But, not all wellness programs are created equally. So, how does yours stack up? Are you getting the results you want?
If your wellness program could use some improvement, read on.
- Is your wellness program practical and accessible? Wellness programs should offer a variety of programs, including yoga classes; stress management seminars; sleep, work-life balance and financial health programs; tobacco cessation; cooking classes; fitness challenges; weight loss initiatives.
- Is your work environment health-conscious? Where healthy food is abundant, affordable and situated at eye level on the breakroom counter, employees are more apt to grab that instead of sweets.
- Does your wellness program have support from leadership? Your wellness program should be a part of everything your organization does. Insist on dedicated budgets and staff to develop your wellness programs, but also help employees participate without feeling like they’re having to choose between doing their jobs and living a healthy lifestyle.
- Is your wellness program tied to your EAP? Wellness program and other company benefits like employee assistance programs (EAPs) make it easier for employees to get support when they are in a difficult emotional or physical situation that affects both their health and their work.
- Does your program offer both health screenings and education? These days, most companies offer voluntary health screenings and incentivize participation with bonuses like an extra vacation day or a company contribution to a health savings account. Voluntary screenings help educate employees about their own health and empower them to set goals for making improvements.
So where does your wellness program fall? Do you need to make any improvements for 2017?