Taking Your Wellness Program to the Next Level

Taking Your Wellness Program to the Next Level

As an organizational leader, you know that your employees are the heart and soul of your business. In today’s fast-paced economy, it’s tempting to approach human resources with a checklist: payroll √ annual enrollment √ performance review √. How can you ensure that your most important assets maintain fit hearts and healthy souls?

Many employers have embraced wellness initiatives to not only control healthcare costs but also improve the health and wellbeing of their workforce. In fact, the Society of Human Resources Management estimates that approximately 70% of U.S. employers offer a wellness program of some sort. However, not all wellness offerings are created equally. Experts agree that any successful wellness program should adopt five key strategies:

  • A baseline survey administered to employees is helpful for measuring their physical activity, dietary preferences, general health status, and interest in health and wellness. It also provides valuable feedback to workers that can help them set goals and seek medical interventions according to their individual needs.
  • Senior leadership support is essential to making health and wellbeing an organizational priority and creating buy-in within the employee base.
  • Creating a true culture of health that integrates seamlessly into the organizational culture is the best way to go beyond one-off wellness initiatives that lack the power to transform lives.
  • Identifying and offering smart incentives to reward positive behavior and results by dedicated employees is a way to drive participation and engagement.
  • A multi-media communication strategy encourages motivation via success stories and program updates that engage employees where they are in their wellness journey. Try using a variety of communication channels, including social media, email newsletters, and your corporate intranet.

If you are curious about how your organization measures up to industry best practices, complete Allegacy’s Organizational Health Snapshot survey. Our Wellness Consulting team will meet with you to provide feedback on areas of opportunity and potential improvement in your organization’s overall cultural health and wellbeing.

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