In the previous article we discussed the need and advantages of wellness programs. Now here we shall discuss what all to include in these programs and how to create them. Employee wellness program is any organizational policy meant to improve health outcomes. Employers hold these programs, since the health and wellness of their employees greatly affects productivity and profits.
Employee Wellness Program to Promote Workplace Health
Now that we’ve covered the benefits of a wellness program let’s talk about how you can implement a successful program.
- Set Goals – Set goals that benefit the company and its employees. Creating a wellness program is a fun project but don’t lose track of why you’re doing it. Ask organized employees who are excited about imparting wellness ideas at the company, to do the planning. This way they are more likely to promote the programs and participate in them.
- Form a Team – Creating a thorough wellness program can take a lot of hard work and a long time so it’s a good idea to put a team who are interested in promoting a healthy workplace on the project.
- Planning the Program – Start planning what your program should look like once your team is in place. Set a budget and get ideas from your employees. Call a meeting to announce the new wellness program and get into the details. Make sure your employees know everything it includes so they can benefit the most out it.
- Get Feedback and Improve – The process of a successful employee wellness is never over. Always be open to feedback and new ideas so the program improves. After each activity, ask participants to provide honest feedback. After all, it costs money and time to plan and execute a program, so if employees don’t love it, the company’s money is better spent elsewhere.
- Healthy Employees Means a Healthy Business – An employee wellness program is more than just a employee benefit. It’s an effective way to ensure your employees are in the right shape to do their best work.
- Create a Budget – Create a budget for your wellness program to figure out how the activities will work out, the number of employees taking part, the results so far, and what you’d like to do differently.
- Try a Variety of Ideas – Explore different types of employee wellness trainings, and try to vary them as much as possible.
Characteristics of a Good Wellness Program –
Office yoga classes or gym membership might come to mind when someone thinks of an employee wellness program. These are great activities to offer but a quality program must include so much more. For inspiration, you can always ask your employees what kinds of activities they’d like to take part in. You could ask them for suggestions. Some ideas to get everyone thinking are:
- Provide a journal with tips on getting healthier that can be easily carried out.
- Increase time for lunch break so that employees can use the company gym, take a walk or go home for a healthy meal.
- Provide workplace weight loss programs with data to prove their results.
- Offer smoking cessation programs.
- Hold online programs with information and quizzes on health, exercise and nutrition. Encourage them to complete the quizzes to earn points.
- Create communication among employees with “game hours” to play all sorts of games.
- A friendly sports league between local companies to play softball, basketball or other games that involve lots of movement can be
- A running club can help too.
- If possible install massage chairs at work for all to use. Massage therapists can be hired give a quick upper back and neck massages at work.
Hosting wellness adventures is great fun for everyone. Scheduling a wide range of events can let those who aren’t very active at all to join in. Even a basic employee wellness program requires some planning. Take it step-by-step and watch it come into place.