As you know, health at work is a big topic. To achieve wellness, the entire organization must participate and make it happen. There are several areas that help people stay fit and thereby happier, healthier and more productive. Employers who care about the health and well-being of their employees are realizing many measurable benefits, including increased productivity, increased profitability, lower turnover and fewer safety incidents. Work and life are not mutually exclusiveWork impacts home life, and home life impacts work, according to Gallup research. It is in the best interests of employers that workers live well and bring the benefits of that good life to their jobs.
Wellness programs include a variety of activities to improve your health. These programs often include health screenings, incentives, behavior change interventions, fitness programs, social support, or contests. Some good options are:
- Complimentary meals and snacks
- step challenge
- encourage a break
- Offer a gym refund
- promote healthy eating
- happy time
- create a high five board
- Implementation of employee recognition programs
- encourage personal vacations
- Provide mental health support and apps
- encourage team cohesion
Each office is as unique as the people in it, so each plan should be customized. We recommend starting an employee survey to understand your employees’ concerns and needs. Second, make sure you have leadership support for your program. Otherwise the program will not work. The in-house well team leading the program is also critical to the program’s success. Communication is key!