January 9, 2013
Using a Corporate Wellness Program to Boost Morale
Boosting morale within your business is becoming something that more and more business owners are becoming concerned with. From Casual Fridays to free donuts in the break room, there are several approaches to making your employees happier and, in turn, creating a better work environment for all involved parties.
However, one of the morale boosters you should seriously consider is incorporating a corporate wellness program. After all, what are the reasons for people missing work? Reports indicate that that it comes down to illness, stress, and lack of sleep—all brought on by rigorous working conditions. Therefore, incorporating a wellness program of any kind not only tackles this problem head on, but shows your employees that you do indeed care for them.
The goal of corporate wellness programs is to promote health and wellness throughout an organization. This extends beyond simply physical health, but also incorporates emotional and mental health as well. These types of programs can either provide employees with a very basic package of services or much more comprehensive packages.
There are ultimately two significant roles for a corporate wellness program:
1 – They promote and lead to a healthier lifestyle for your workers. Any companies will create events or contests that are structured around their wellness programs; these include things like mock Biggest Loser contest for weight loss or contests for the tastiest and healthiest recipe.
2 – They result in a decrease in health care expenses while also drastically improving worker morale. The sense of community and healthy lifestyles ties in with these decreases in spending, making everyone happier.
In addition, a well-planned corporate wellness program includes several levels of participation. A few suggestions include, but are certainly not limited to:
· Health risk evaluations
· On-site diagnostic screenings
· Meal planning,
· Screening and planning for disease prevention
· Educational tools related to the health improvement of workers
Larger business may also want to look into creating a space where their employees can work out and distress during breaks or even before and after work. Larger businesses are already doing this and showing great results in worker performance and attitude. Of course, this area or facility doesn’t need to be anything elaborate. After all, there is a fine line between promoting your corporate wellness program and allowing workers to take advantage of such good graces.
The important thing to get across in this entire process is to let your workers know that you view them as more than just a production unit. By beginning a corporate wellness program, you are showing that their health and well-being comes first.
As a business owner, you will see an increase in productivity and employee attitudes and satisfaction. A corporate wellness program can quickly become a staple if your business and can actually cause more than just increases in worker productivity—it can also paint your business in a new and more positive light. So while the program is geared towards the betterment of your employees, your business will see huge results as well.