According to the World Health Organization, the average person spends about one-third of their life at work. If people are going to maintain overall good health, they need to have their efforts supported by their employers. A wellness program can boost productivity, increase employee retention, and create a more positive work environment and image for your company.
As noted by Gary Libretti, Jr., MS, RD, LDN, CSCS, wellness and benefits coordinator at the American Medical Association (AMA), “as a healthcare organization … it must be our mission to provide the tools, knowledge, and opportunities our employees need to stay healthy or to improve their health.”
Create a Culture of Health
Make wellness a key part of your company fabric. Commit employees to making a continuous effort and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for the long term.
- Success starts at the top. As an employer, you have the responsibility to provide employees with the tools they need to be well – and the time to use them. You also need to walk the talk and set a day-to-day example with your own attitude and behavior.
Here are some tips for getting started:
- Form a wellness committee. Let employees own the process. This includes establishing a philosophy, setting goals, and planning ongoing programs and activities. Make sure the team is multidisciplinary and cross-departmental. This will help ensure that engagement and motivation stay at peak levels. One of the committee’s first tasks could be conducting an employee survey to gauge interest and generate input.
- Evaluate the current health of your workforce. Speak to your insurance provider about evaluating claims histories, chronic conditions, and which areas could be positively affected by lifestyle changes.
To encourage more employee participation:
- Celebrate even small victories. Whether it’s a weight loss or an employee who has succeeded in the first stage of smoking cessation, reward minor milestones as well as major wins.
- Don’t expect perfection. Plan for challenges and even occasional failures. Have a support structure in place to manage such obstacles.
- Build on successes. Reflect on the wins and structure future goals. Use the same procedures and routines that have helped employees overcome past hurdles.
Regardless of the size and scope of your business, you can tailor a wellness program to meet your unique needs. For additional guidance, turn to the healthcare workforce development experts at MedicalPros Recruiting + Staffing. Read our related posts or contact us today to learn more.