Organizations are waking up to the reality that healthy employees thrive in the workplace and contribute to business success. Employee wellness initiatives are turning a new leaf and focussing on how to get the most bang for the buck.
From health programs to structural support like having a gym in the office, different companies are coming up with unique employee wellness programs. A wellness program, when done right, can have immense benefits, including more productive employees, less office stress, less general illnesses and absence from work, fewer office-related injuries, and above all, happier employees.
However, the debate continues on the effectiveness of these wellness programs. If your organization is considering an employee wellness program, here are some thoughts to help you get started.
1. Add a bit of fun
Most employee wellness programs fall flat because they take them seriously! Just asking employees to hit the gym can be boring and the lack the motivation to drag themselves there will surface soon. But when you add an element of fun, you are more likely to see enthusiastic participation. But how do you add fun to a wellness program? Well, you can get creative on that! Run a healthy food potluck regularly to encourage teams to eat better. Schedule seasonal walk-a-thons, Zumba classes, team yoga sessions! Some companies give rewards to draw more participation.
2. Form a wellness committee
Running a successful wellness program is easier if you can involve everyone across your organization at all levels. Form a wellness committee and include at least one member from each function or vertical. The committee should be driving the wellness program across the organization by creating different activities, communicating them to employees on time, and keeping track of how employees are responding to it. The committee should also gather data and derive actionable insights to evolve the program.
3. Create a mix of activities
Access to fitness studios is the first thing that comes to mind when we consider an employee wellness program. If you’re creating a month-long program, you can focus on physical fitness activities, general health benefits, mental and stress release activities. There are different types of workouts available geared to focus on reducing stress levels, etc.
4. Get leadership buy-in
To run a program successfully in any organization, it is important to have buy-ins from your leadership team. Encourage them to participate and spread the word! Involve them in the early stage of your program. Seeing senior folks taking time out for their health sends out a very positive message to everyone.
5. Budget for it
You don’t want your wellness program to fall flat. It’s important to estimate the cost. An employee wellness program can cost between USD 3 – USD 7.5 per employee per month depending on what all you’re going to include like a wellness app, a website, or even any rewards for the most motivated employee.
6. Give shout outs
You may develop a leader board or give weekly shout outs to the most motivated employees. Feature them on your organization intranet, newsletter, and social media! A little bit of encouragement will help motivate more employees to participate in the wellness program actively.
Remember, an employee wellness program is not just another cool perk that is good to have at the workplace. Your employees can perform their best only when they are healthy and happy.
Look into LEON! We’re here to support you through your employee wellness program, and enable you to have the success you need to achieve the most out of it.