Research into employee health and wellness programs shows that, when implemented successfully, they can have numerous benefits. For starters, healthier employees are more productive, happier and have better attendance rates. The right program will also help lower healthcare costs for your business. If you are thinking of implementing an employee wellness program, following a few basic steps can help you find one that works for your business.
1. Assess Employee Needs and Wants
Take time to find out what your employees actually want from a wellness program. No matter how amazing the benefits you offer are, people won’t participate if their needs aren’t met. Ask about motivators, too, so you know what will help get workers excited and involved.
2. Develop a Budget
You will have to pay for any program you decide to implement. Set a budget up front so you know what you have to work with. This will help keep wellness as a sustainable part of workplace culture.
3. Design Program Components
Now you can sit down and develop the components that will make up your program. Include a good mix of features to maximize participation. A few ideas you might consider include:
- Educational seminars
- Health screenings and fairs
- Exercise classes and activities
- Stress reduction programs
- Smoking cessation support
Use the information gathered from assessments and stay within your budget as you finalize plans. Be open to making changes to the program as employee needs evolve.