Healthier employees are happier employees. Healthier employees are more productive employees. A productive and happy work environment is desirable for employees and employers alike. Corporate Wellness 2016 looks at trends and provides tips to help you improve yours workplace.
Healthcare costs have been rising faster than inflation since 2005.
According to the CDC, chronic diseases are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems. 86% percent of all health care spending in 2010 was for people with one or more chronic medical conditions.
Chronic diseases include heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis and obesity. Health risk behaviors including lack of exercise or physical activity, poor nutrition, tobacco use, and drinking too much alcohol contribute to the severity and early deaths related to chronic disease.
In 2011 76% of adults did not get the US Physical Activity Guidelines recommended amount of muscle-strengthening physical activity and 46% did not get the recommended amount of physical activity.
Engaging in a corporate wellness program can help your employees meet or exceed recommended activity levels. By engaging in exercise, employees will miss less time from work, increase overall productivity and lower health care costs.
Corporate wellness 2016 provides a basic plan with assessment, design, motivation and evaluation to improve morale, attendance and productivity in the workplace.
Do you know what your employees need or desire? If your company has the resources, you can conduct an HRA (Health Risk Appraisal) but be sure to follow the rules and regulations regarding employee privacy like HIIPA. Start here to ensure compliance.
For smaller businesses, an informal meeting or a survey is enough to get started. Here is a sample of work site wellness survey from HAP.
Once you have your employee's needs assessed and ranked, you will have a much better idea of what will be the most successful and cost-effective way of improving health, productivity and morale within the workplace.
Design your program in line with your budget and your assessment needs.
If needs include increased physical activity or the desire to be in better shape, there options are endless.
A large corporation might install a gym replete with equipment and on-site personal trainers at no cost to employees.
Employers can contract with local trainers or gyms that provide on-site training when a work place facility is not feasible.
These professionals come prepared with all the equipment necessary to train small groups in just about any environment. The trainers utilize cafeterias, hallways, conference rooms, warehouses or the great outdoors for exercise sessions.
Try partnering with a local gym for discounted memberships. Many gyms offer corporate wellness discounts. It's a win win situation for both parties. Your employees get access to a local gym and the gym gets more memberships.
A little friendly competition can be a great motivator. Start a pedometer, bike to work or take the stairs challenge. Pick a popular exercise app like Fitocracy and let everyone compete online!
Company wide challenges are an effective way to incorporate corporate wellness 2016 at your office.
An inexpensive option is providing information. Start an activity board where local running, biking, walking, martial arts or similar association information can be posted. Share tips for smoking cessation, healthy eating or maybe weight loss support groups.
Remember you want measurable results for your program. Make sure there are ways to track progress, absenteeism, morale, productivity, etc.
Lead by example. According to Forbes, corporate wellness "... begins with a wellness culture that starts at the top." As a leader if you are going to talk the talk you have to walk the walk.
Leaders that commit to a higher standard will encourage those around him/her to strive for a higher standard themselves.
Motivation is the key to the success of any program. It might be as simple as sending emails or posting flyers around the office,
Some companies use incentives like gift certificates or ski trips.
Your insurance provider might offer discounts to your employees involved in wellness programs or that stop smoking.
To encourage healthy eating habits provide a bowl of fresh fruit in the break room as an alternative to the machine choices.
A trait of a successful program is evaluation. An evaluation is critical to assessing how successful your program is and what if any changes need to be made.
Evaluations could be as simple as asking questions like "did you enjoy the program? did you have positive results? what did you like least/most? what would you like to see added?"
Remember to evaluate all of your data. Compare what was tracked like absenteeism, weight loss, miles walked, hours active, morale, productivity, etc. with prior data (if any).
Share your results with your employees. Any success is worth celebrating and a celebration in the office is great for morale!
Remember to mix it up. Just because your program was successful the first, doesn't mean it will be as successful the next time. Change the challenges, rewards, incentives and offerings.
You will be surprised at the ideas your employees will come up with once they are up and moving. They might want to organize an annual 5k for charity or take it a step further and do some crazy tough mudders or adventure races!
With employer support, it's amazing the teamwork and bonding that will evolve and carry over into the work place through workplace wellness.
By keeping employees actively involved, your company's culture will change along with your employees' wellness!
Everyone wants to work in a great environment. Even if you're not ready to launch a program, try incorporating just a few of Eurofit's tips and strategies from Corporate Wellness 2016 at your office. We're sure you will see positive changes!
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