Wellness is all about prevention. It’s being proactive with your employees health and well-being.So when is the proper time to consider an outside vendor for corporate wellness?
When the foundation is built and sustainable with executive support, policy changes implemented, a wellness committee is established and the motivation to the employees is succinct. The enterprise has also exhausted all free and low cost activities and the culture is starting to shift towards the Employees wanting more.
Unhealthy lifestyles cost business millions of dollars every year.
Cost to employers include for the following health red flags and conditions:
- Lack of Exercise – adds roughly $330/year per person to health care costs
- Obesity – adds roughly $591/year per person to health care costs
- High Stress – adds roughly $600/year per person to health care costs
- High Blood Pressure – adds $1,600/year per person to health care costs
- Heart Disease – adds $3,195/year per person to health care costs
- Diabetes – adds $3,600/year per person to healthcare costs
Five key success factors in a workplace wellness program
- Communication - Create programs to target multiple health issues, your employees are looking for info and solutions to a variety of issues – for themselves and their loved ones
- Accessibility - Make info about your program easy to understand and implement – both for you and your employees
- Choice - Your employees want flexibility and control over their own health and well being. Align your wellness program with employee preferences if possible. There is usually an amazing result when what is being offered is valuable and impactful in their lives.
- Support - Make sure you have buy-in from senior leadership. When your employees see managers and executives engaged, they will want to participate.
- Tracking - Set goals and measure progress. Revise the program again and again to maximize results.