According to Gallup, “A recent RAND Corporation study found that more than 85% of U.S. companies employing 1,000 people or more offer some sort of workplace wellness program. It’s safe to assume that these companies genuinely want to help their employees lead healthier lives while seeing a healthier bottom line too.” It makes sense for workplaces to offer these initiatives. After all, the workplace is where you spend most of your time – a fact that can often make work/life balance a difficult concept.
Unfortunately, it seems that those well intentions may be for naught, due to the fact that simply having a wellness program in place is not enough.
So how do you help your workplace wellness program succeed? Here are a few strategies:
According to Gallup, there’s a good chance that at least part of the reason why your workplace wellness program isn’t as highly participated in as you’d like has to do with the fact that a lot of workers simply may not be aware of it. Spread the word! Let managers know that they need to pass on what the benefits are and how employees can sign up for them. Ensure that the process is thoroughly explained and that it is as simple as possible to enroll.
Take a More Holistic Approach
We’ve covered this topic before, but it’s important to remember that wellness doesn’t only mean physical wellness. In fact, there are many different components of being well, a few being social wellness, financial wellness and community wellness. Combined with physical well-being, incorporating these other components into a wellness program could help to make it not only more successful in terms of garnering more interest among your employees, but also more impactful.
Take a Look at Support
Having a holistic wellness program is just the first step. The next should be supporting said program in terms of your company’s leaders, managers and culture. A good question to explore: on a daily basis, does the company support workers’ efforts to be well? Offering healthy choices in the vending machine, allowing workers to take time off for volunteer efforts and hosting workplace events where workers can socialize and build relationships are all great ways to encourage all aspects of workplace wellness.