No Sweat! Creating an Employee Wellness Program is Easy with These Simple Tips

December 14, 2017

There’s no denying it, the “holiday season” has arrived and if we aren’t careful, holiday festivities often add a few extra unwanted pounds. Therefore, this is the perfect time of year to implement an employee wellness program. It can increase productivity, show staff that you care for their well-being, attract new talent, and potentially lower health insurance costs. It is also a great way to reduce stress during what is typically a hectic time of the year.

Here are some helpful tips to get your company’s program started:

Lead wellness initiatives by example. Company leaders need to be supportive of a healthy workplace (as well as active participants in it). So, put on your running shoes and walk the wellness walk.

Encourage employee input. Employees are more likely to get involved in a wellness initiative if they have some say in it, so ask your team to share their ideas.

Celebrate successes. It’s easier to adopt and maintain healthier habits if other people are sharing the journey and cheering you on. Make a point of celebrating the steps that your employees are making toward improving their health.

Create a healthier office environment. Don’t undermine your healthy initiatives by bringing donuts to meetings. Instead, try sharing healthier fare and making it available in company vending machines as well. 

Lighten up on the 24/7 expectations. Do your employees feel like they have to be connected and available to your business 24/7? This can mentality be detrimental to establishing healthy habits. Set reasonable expectations for core working hours and encourage employees to disconnect regularly so they can achieve better work-life balance.

Implementing an employee wellness program doesn’t have to be difficult. Start with these tips and let your employees help you tailor a program that everyone in your company can benefit from and start a new tradition this holiday season.

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