Is your wellness plan making a positive impact on the lives of your employees?
Our health influences everything around us; our mood, ability, productivity, interpersonal relationships, and beyond. So does our work – we spend the majority of our lives at the workplace among our colleagues. An employee wellness plan brings these two essential life ingredients together in a way that benefits everyone involved. Reevaluate your employee wellness plan regularly to make sure it’s beneficial to your team and your business.
A wellness program is designed to encourage the health and safety of employees by organizing a comprehensive set of health promotion and protection strategies at the worksite. As employees improve their health, a better work/life balance can be achieved, and less money will be spent on healthcare.
This is a significant advantage for employees and employers alike. Your employees don’t suffer from as many health issues or financial stress, and your company’s overall healthcare spend decreases while also benefiting from a reduction of absenteeism or staff turnover. A wellness plan also shows that your company culture includes caring about the health and well-being of its staff.
Many health issues are preventable and are caused by a poor understanding of how to live a healthier lifestyle
How to increase awareness and engagement
Make it personal. Employees are more likely to engage with a wellness plan if it’s personalized and relevant to their experiences. Surveys and advanced analytics can help you identify and understand the gaps in their care, which can allow wellness consultants to suggest support and resources that will have the most impact.
Measure participation. Defining and measuring engagement is essential to understand what’s working and what isn’t. It’s also important to see beyond administrative engagement, such as enrollment, and assess the degree of interaction and participation with the actual offerings presented by the program.
Go holistic. An ideal wellness plan addresses physical, mental, emotional, financial, and social health. Use your wellness plan as an avenue to improve the total well-being of your employees. Think beyond basic health and incorporate meditation or personal improvement opportunities. Your ideal employee is well-rounded and easily adaptable; your wellness plan should be too.
Incorporate technology. Technology can benefit a wellness plan in many different ways. It allows you to provide up-to-date information and can help motivate staff to participate. Offering wearable fitness trackers or an app that tracks healthy habits provides accountability and allows you to measure engagement.
Educate employees. Many health issues are preventable and are caused by a poor understanding of how to live a healthier lifestyle. According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy, only 12 percent of adults are proficient in health literacy. Increasing this number among your staff increases engagement and improves health outcomes. Make health-related awareness a core component of your program.
Improve communication. Employee feedback is essential to the success of a wellness program. Request it routinely through surveys or questionnaires and adjust your plan accordingly. This can help you personalize your program to make sure it’s fully utilized and appreciated.
It’s also imperative that you communicate with your employees about the wellness program and its benefits. Part of implementing the program is to educate your employees on what the plan includes and why good health is important.
A robust wellness program is an appealing addition to a benefits package and indicates a positive company culture that has the potential to attract new hires. It can also improve the health, well-being, and productivity of existing employees while driving down healthcare costs. Maximizing your wellness program to meet the needs of your staff has the potential to pay off in a variety of ways for many years down the road.
Implementing a wellness program is easier than ever with LiveWell 1440. We assess your workplace, discover health risks, intervene, educate, and enroll. We then motivate, engage, and coach. We track goals and measure progress and provide results and rewards. And, in return, your employees will be healthier, happier, and more productive than before. You’ve got 1,440 minutes in your day; it’s time to make an impact. Contact us today to discuss a custom solution for your workplace.