What is Employee Wellness Program?
Friends today I am going to speak about employee wellness program.
Here you will learn what actually employee wellness program is and what the benefits are and how employee wellness program can be implement in your organization or company.
Employees Wellness Program is one kind of activity or some process adopted for employees working in corporate life style or in some industry to maintain employee’s mental and physical fitness.
In corporate office you may see that employees used to make a habit to seat on a chair for long time. It might be due to hectic work schedule driven by his/her boss or it sometimes come from situation.
But we ignore that thinking its ok for now, later I will take rest or go for coffee kind. So it continuously effects our body as well as our health. This is an admiral yet foolish approach to work. Personal health always needs to come first. It’s the key to living a long and fulfilling life.
Being in good physical and mental shape also sets a person up to be great at their job. Many companies understand this and offer their employees a series of benefits and activities that promote health and well-being. Research also shows that this kind of activity increases work productivity for that employee who are gone this type of program. This is known as an employee wellness program
Greg Anderson said “Wellness is the complete integration of body, mind, and spirit – the realization that everything we do, think, feel, and believe has an effect on our state of well-being
Benefits of a wellness program:
A wellness program how It can be benefited to an employee cannot be observed in a short period. Employee have to go through routine process for wellness activity. But the truth is healthy employees bring an array of benefits to the businesses they work for. Here are a few benefits of having an employee wellness program.
- More productive employees
There are numerous studies and research that suggest a healthy lifestyle correlates with increased productivity in work. If an employee have less stress as he is strong both internally as well as physically, then he definitely give full concentration on his work.
- Less office stress
Too many people and companies accept workplace stress as the norm. But it leads to burnout, which can result in higher employee turnover.
- Less colds, flu and other illnesses
We all know that healthy practices prevents illness. Specially during rainy season we sometimes come to infection of cold,flu if our body not fit that time and need to take sick leave for next working day. So if we keep our-self healthy anytime there is not any kind of such illness and business proceeds as usual when less sick days are taken.
- Decrease office-related injuries
Taking a break to exercise, it might be small 5 to 10 minutes’ walk or some yoga prevents common office injuries, resulting in fewer worker compensation claims.
- Happier employees
Offering a wellness program leads to happier employees. They’ll appreciate the benefit and be generally positive because they’re leading a healthy life.
Different Activities under Wellness Program:
In common if we talk about any wellness activity only two things come into our mind. One is physical workout at GYM and second one is YOGA.
Apart from this there are different wellness activities which are carried out at office premises. Some of these I will explain to you. Here are some activities and benefits you can offer that cover all areas of employee health.
Anyone who works 8-9 hours a day in an office setting needs to find time to move around and exercise. To give relax to his complete body, he or she used to left chair after an interval of half an hour and need to move around. Some companies are fortunate enough to have an on-site gym or fitness classes but these perks aren’t feasible for most. Some companies have some indoor game zone facility for Table Tanis, basketball court.
You can instead reimburse employees for fitness-related purchases or encourage your staff to form after-work exercise groups. Another idea is to use Fitbits or other wearable technology to track the activity of your employees and reward the most active people.
General health benefits
Exercise is good for our immune system which increased our body strength but there is more you can to do to help your employees fight off illness.
During the winter or some time in rainy season also, you can offer flu shots or cold if your body immune system is week
Mental fitness & stress-release activities
In present world, Stress is a known as silent killer that can trigger serious health problems. It also goes hand-in-hand with mental health issues like depression and anxiety and sometimes go beyond that.
In office premises management authority must maintain a stable office hours so that employee leaves office at a reasonable hour. You can also require employees to take time off when they’ve incurred a certain number of PTO days.
And you can of course offer activities like yoga classes and massages that help people with mindfulness while working.
Here some social activities which can be conducted by company management like dance competition, Singing and Quiz etc. Also if one of you are expert in any kind of YOGA, then you will give a demonstration how you can do.
Community service activities
Many people feel happy when they help others, as happiness is one of the greatest thing to stay healthy You can organize a volunteer day with your staff to go into the community and help out. You can also encourage your employees to organize groups and fundraisers for causes that mean a lot to them.
Team building activities
One of the secondary benefits of a wellness program is that many of activities strengthen the bonds between team members
Doing some out of office activities once in a month like going for outdoor site and do a party kind with all employee family members. This also give a chance to interact each another in a open way.
It differs from above all activities as environment change here and you love to enjoy every moment.
How to create an employee wellness program
We have covered the benefits of a wellness program and different kind of wellness program what employee can engaged. Now we talk about how you can implement a successful program and how you make every employee to be part of this program.
Here are some basic steps for getting an employee wellness program going in your workplace.
- Set goals
Creating a wellness program is a good project but don’t lose sight of why you’re doing it. Make sure every part of your program benefits both the company and staff.
- Form a team to create the employee wellness program
This wellness program is always lead by company management like HR or administrative body so that none of employee give excuse. Also it is necessary to involve volunteer from every department if possible to run this program in well manner.
- Planning the activity
With all team member in a place, need to do planning what your program should look like. Also need to consider some internal policy of company while planning this kind of program. Form a budget, research ideas and get input from your employees.
When plan is completed with the required approval of higher authority, call a company-wide meeting to announce the new wellness program and get into the details. Make sure your employees know everything it includes so they can they can get the most out it.
- Get feedback and optimize your wellness program
Always keeps a feedback session after completion of wellness activity. Employee should give open feedback about the program, so that any further modification require in the program can be done with some new ideas
HEALTHY EMPLOYEE MEANS HEALTHY WORK PLACE with PRODUCTIVE BUSINESS