With employee wellness programs on the rise, it's never been more important to invest in your team. Corporate wellness programs have been shown to boost morale, increase productivity, drop absenteeism, and improve employee retention. It's no wonder employee wellness programs are now regularly included in a company's benefit package.
When done properly, corporate wellness programs give employees tools, support, privacy, incentives, and strategies to create and maintain healthy behaviors, from diet and exercise to sleeping.
Our 10 best practices are effective tools we implement with our wellness solutions to ensure that companies have a successful employee wellness plan. We took a deep dive into our first best practice, which is having a Strategic Plan in Place, to help demonstrate how you can correctly put together the most successful wellness solution for your company.
What is a Strategic Plan?
A Strategic Plan is a documented commitment to the well-being of employees and their families. It's incredibly important to have your well-thought-out plan on a piece of paper. This plan contains well-being mission and vision statements and program goals and objectives that are regularly communicated to employees and are on display.
Program goals all meet three criteria:
—They are holistic.
—They are SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely).
—They are evidence-based.
How Do You Know if Your Strategic Plan is Successful?
Anyone can write up an employee wellness plan and post it on a bulletin board. That doesn't make it successful or productive. Following our best practices, your Strategic Plan is done correctly if...
—Employees understand the program's importance (because it's communicated to them on a regular basis).
—Program goals and objectives are detailed and have accountability.
—You have created short-term (1–2 years) and long-term (3+ years) goals and objectives.
—You have assigned accountability. You either have a group or individuals ensuring goals and objects are reached.
—Managers and leadership are held accountable for meeting the goals and objectives.
—Managers and leadership are accountable for following up with employees and communicating the results of wellness goals.
—Your wellness program is branded with a name, logo, and color scheme, and is physically displayed in your building.
Each month, we'll continue to break down each of our 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!
Interested in learning more about implementing an employee wellness program at your company? Let us help guide you. At OnSite Wellness, employee health and wellness is our specialty.
We offer additional supporting services on top of our Best Practices. 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.