How to Develop a Corporate Employee Wellness Program
Corporate wellness programs provide so many advantages, such as reducing health care costs, increasing employee retention, improving productivity which increases corporate profit, and more. Many companies are implementing corporate wellness programs into their workplace. Now is the time to be proactive in this area. This article will explain how to develop a corporate employee wellness program in 4 simple steps.
- Survey and Research. Noora Mousa, RDN, Nutrition Consultant & Health Coach is very familiar with developing successful corporate wellness programs. Mousa explains, “In order to create a successful and effective corporate wellness program, it’s important to understand the needs of your employees and the company culture. Start by conducting surveys and maybe focus groups to help decide which areas of wellness and tools are needed. Understanding the population you are working with will help you set realistic goals for the program, and increase the rate of participation/engagement among employees.”
- Stay Simple and Focused. Yvette Quantz, RDN, CSSD, LDN, Nutrition and Wellness Expert, also shares her expertise in the field. Quantz advises, “Stay simple and focused when starting with your plan. The key is to create a program that will educate and inspire employees to take action to improving their health. If the program is too complex or has too many components then it will feel overwhelming and nothing will be done. Small, but focused changes can result in big results.”
- Motivate and Participate. Both Mousa and Quantz advocate developing a program that employees will participate in and stay motivated. Mousa notes, “Employees might be excited at first, but lose interest in the long run. It might be helpful to offer incentives to encourage engagement, but keep in mind that a well-designed program is what keeps employees motivated and engaged for a long period of time.” Quantz adds, “A program that engages employees while not distracting them from their work and other roles. Find a way to include all work schedules and personal lives within the scope of the program.”
- Evaluate Data. Mousa recommends, “To set realistic health and wellness goals for the company and employees you are working with. Be sure to evaluate and review any outcomes to determine the effectiveness of the program you developed. Ask employees for feedback.” Quantz agrees. Quantz states, “Have fun and track and show the data of the program. This will help when it is time for the company to reassess the success and future of the program.”
Corporate employee wellness programs should be holistic and enhance daily employees’ lifestyles in regards to work, stress, sleep, activity, and diet. The goal is to promote better health both within and outside of the workforce.
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