Employee wellness programs have become more popular than ever. They boost morale, increase productivity, improve employee retention and can have a positive effect on health care costs — personal health and job satisfaction truly go hand in hand. According to Aflac, 70% of employees enrolled in wellness programs have reported higher job satisfaction than those not enrolled in company programs.
These programs originally started off as employee perks for large organizations, but are now much more common and are found in small- and medium-sized companies. With an employee wellness program, you can establish a company culture based on health, improving the overall wellbeing of your workforce. When you invest in your employees, you foster a positive work environment where people collaborate with others, feel cared for, and most importantly — stay.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce found that well-designed employee wellness programs lead to a return on investment (ROI) of $1.50 to $3 per dollar spent over a timeframe of 2–9 years. By offering your employees a wellness program, you can create strong employee loyalty, which will improve your long-term retention and attract new talent.
The bottom line is: Wellness programs are a win-win for employees and their employers. Our 10 best practices are effective tools we implement in our programming to offer companies a successful wellness plan. We've briefly highlighted each one to demonstrate how you can put together a wellness solution that works for you.
1. Strategic Plan in Place
2. Leadership Support
3. Policies Supportive of Well-being
4. Integrated with Other Resources
5. Champion Network and Committees
6. Comprehensive Programming
7. Ongoing Evaluation
8. Barrier-free Programming
9. Well-being is Celebrated
10. Dependent Participation
Each month, we will be breaking down each of these 10 best practices in more detail — be sure to follow along and don't miss out on how you can invest in these wellness solutions to help your employees thrive!
At OnSite Wellness, employee health and wellness is our specialty. Incorporating an employee wellness program at your workplace can have massive benefits for your employees in tracking and managing a healthy lifestyle. Let us help you reach your goals and set your employees up for success! Contact us today to get started.