As wellness programs become a mainstream part of HR programming, and a sought after employee benefit, it’s important to know what you’re getting into. Some employers are now building wellness programs to “check the box.” Adding a smoking cessation program, or a weight loss group to the office culture to help reduce insurance cost, or satiate the employee desire to get healthier. However, even if you plan to make a small investment in an employee wellness program, it’s important that you find the right options for your staff and for your bottom line.
Here are a few tips that will help you get your wellness program on track.
A Common Trend: Wellness programs are becoming a common trend. However, it’s still important to make sure there is an appetite for these types of benefits at your organization. Survey your employees to make sure they have interest and that there is going to be appreciation and participation in the programming before you invest.
Designing a Program That Works: Give the people what they want. Wellness programs can extend beyond health to include financial wellness, stress management and other types of programming. Make sure you know what your employees are looking for to set expectations appropriately and deliver on employee requests and suggestions.
Measurement and ROI: Don’t throw a program out there and let it flap in the wind. Make sure your HR team is constantly measuring success and getting feedback. This way you can make small changes and improvements to see big results while the program is running rather than needing to overhaul the program after a longer period of time.
For more information on how to find the right wellness program for your business check out this article from Entrepreneur.com.
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