The most common misconception about wellness programs is the expense. While some corporate wellness initiatives may have a hefty price tag attached, it is quite simple to execute an affordable and efficient program that best fits the needs of the company and all employees.
First, understand what type of program is best to initiate. Keep in mind that the “best program” doesn’t have to mean all the rules and guidelines are followed to a “T.” Rather, what kind of structure will bring out the best employee mindset to WANT to take part in the program while being the most beneficial to the overall company environment. Assessing the needs of the organization and understanding employee satisfaction while taking part in fulfilling the program is essential.
Once this occurs, you can begin mapping out the parameters of the wellness initiative. Sit down and discuss the budget and specifically the end goal – how can you best help your employees which, will in turn, best help you.
After finalizing some of the tougher corporate focused decisions, it is time to begin shaping the creating the wellness program that best fit your needs. Below are some examples:
For a simple health and nutrition wellness program:
- Subsidize unhealthy needing machine or snack bar options for healthier choices that cost less than the items that are usually in place
- Hold a healthy monthly potluck
- Offer tips on how to shop and eat healthily
- Post reminders to get flu shots and tips for improving work-related illnesses
For a productivity wellness program:
- Create flexible work areas for collaboration
- Share goals on a whiteboard visible to everyone
For a fitness and physical activity wellness program:
- Offer classes or an on-site group exercise session
- Install standing desks
- Hold an employee fitness challenge
- Invest in technology that helps employees track their fitness
After a couple of months of implementation, evaluate the program focusing on your employees and the overall workplace environment. Understand what is not working and how those areas can be improved and concentrate on the areas that prove to be most beneficial. Soon, real changes will begin to be made and overall satisfaction and office morale will begin to shift in a positive direction.
Check back for the next edition as we look into Job Satisfaction.