4 Ways to Improve Wellness Programs & Advice for Just Starting Out

Did you know research from Gallop shows there is a “clear link” between employee well-being and employee engagement?

 Gallop additionally reports that employees with higher well-being are more productive and miss fewer workdays than those who do not have high well-being. Corporate wellness programs help improve employee well-being and reduce healthcare costs. However, not all wellness programs are equally effective.

Below are 4 ways to improve your wellness program and some advice on how to start or revive a program

4 WAYS TO IMPROVE WELLNESS PROGRAMS

1. Ask

As simple as it sounds it really helps to ask your employees what kind of wellness initiatives they are interested in and what they think would motivate them to participate. This can be in the form of a survey, suggestion box or even casual conversations or focus groups.

2. Awareness

Be sure your wellness initiatives are well advertised. Research from Gallop showed that among the organizations they studied that had wellness programs only 60% of employees were even aware of the program.

3. Manager Support

Research from Gallop also found that employees are more likely to be engaged and participate in wellness initiatives if their managers are involved. One way to improve manager support is through company leaders clearly supporting wellness initiatives.

4. All Areas of Wellness

An effective wellness program will cover multiple areas of well-being – physical, mental, emotional, social and financial. One effective way to do this is to rotate your emphasis for each quarter of the year. 

STARTING OR REVIVING A WELLNESS PROGRAM 

Start Small

Wellness programs can be costly. Instead of trying to petition the company to give you money for an entire year long program upfront, start smaller. Ask for one or two specific wellness initiatives that last for 6-8 weeks. Measure the results through surveying employees and then report the findings and responses. If you are running the program correctly, you will see success and have stronger evidence to ask for a larger budget in the future.  

 

To read more about Gallop's research referenced in this article, click here.

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