Having a workplace wellness program has never been more important. People are increasingly focusing on their personal wellness, and top job candidates want to work for organizations that make wellness a priority and offer strong workplace wellness programs as part of their employee compensation package.
However, simply offering a wellness program doesn’t mean your employees will use it. It also doesn’t mean it will be any good. Scott Foster from Corp Magazine explains:
“For worksite wellness programs to be effective, the vast majority of your employees need to participate. Otherwise, non-participants will develop health conditions faster than those who do participate.”
“To receive optimal results from your company’s wellness program, you need to have a participation rate of at least 80 percent. Without employee participation, your wellness program isn’t going to accomplish your goals or improve the health and associated costs of your workforce,” he adds.
SIMPLE YET EFFECTIVE WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR WORKPLACE WELLNESS PROGRAM
Here are a number of simple ways to maximize the effectiveness of your workplace wellness program:
1. ASK FOR FEEDBACK:
Who better to ask about what to include in your wellness program than the people who will be using it? Asking for feedback is the best way to customize your wellness program to meet your employees’ specific needs and interests.
2. MAKE IT EASY FOR EMPLOYEES TO USE:
If getting access to wellness benefits isn’t simple, your employee will likely not use them. Make it as easy as possible for your employees to access and use your wellness program.
3. PROVIDE INCENTIVES TO USE THE PROGRAM:
Giving your employees incentives for using the program is a great way to boost participation and improve the program as a whole. Offering bonuses or giving them time off work to use benefits is a great way to ensure your program is getting used.
4. CHAMPION THE WELLNESS PROGRAM:
Showing support and encouraging your employees to use the plan will ensure they are more engaged with it. The more engaged people are in the wellness program, the more awareness there will be, and the more likely people will offer suggestions for how to make it better.
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Felicia is the manager of human capital solutions at AugmentHR. With over six years of recruitment experience coupled with multi-faceted HR roles, Felicia is an expert in matching people with the right role and environment. She has worked in many different industries, including investment banking, HR consulting firms, medical, and commercial. Understanding people is one of her strengths, and she has recruited at every level, from directors, project managers, and engineers to operators and general labourers. Her ability to network and develop relationships has been a key tool to her success. With approximately two years of experience managing people and creating a positive work environment, Felicia’s diverse skill set makes her a well-rounded individual. Her business education and background help her identify different business needs and human capital solutions.