17 Sep 7 Components of an Effective Corporate Wellness Program
Many companies institute corporate wellness programs without knowing what makes a successful program. Thus, a significant amount of time and money are invested without any effective results. However, before implementing any corporate wellness program, make sure it has these seven essential components.
- The corporate wellness program must fall in line with the company’s culture of wellness. If the company does not promote wellness in its everyday activities, the implementation of a wellness program is going to send “mixed signals” to the employees. For these programs to work, there must be a consistent message of health and wellness throughout the company.
- Communication is key to an effective corporate health and wellness program. Employees must be actively involved in all stages of the implementation of the wellness program. The executives must let the employees know about the plans to implement a program and must elicit and respond to feedback pertaining to what the employees want. Once the program is implemented, the company’s managers and directors must keep the employees abreast of all activities, programs, events, incentives associated with the wellness program
- For a corporate health and wellness program to be successful, the company needs to identify some measurable results. For example, does the company want a certain percentage of the employee participants to lose a certain amount of weight? Does it want the employees to engage in more physical activity during work hours? Or does the company want its health care costs to decrease by a certain amount? These goals must be identified beforehand so the company and wellness program vendor can work closely to design a program that will meet these goals.
- Employees must be actively engaged for the corporate wellness program to be successful. A wellness program is no good if no one participates. Therefore, the company must actively promote its wellness program and solicit feedback from the employees regarding their utilization of it.
- For a corporate health and wellness program to be effective, employees must be held accountable for their participation. Because most corporate wellness programs are voluntary, there must be easy methods to track employee participation and success. Anything from monthly weigh-ins to group challenges, to company-wide fitness events make it easy for employees to participate and to stay on track with their fitness goals.
- Workplace wellness programs need to be easy to implement to be effective. The costlier and complex a program is, the less likely it is to be fully implemented. In terms of health and wellness, less is more. The less complex a program is, the easier it is for the company to implement and the employees to adhere to.
- The corporate wellness program needs to be budget friendly. The costs to the company and the employee need to be minimal. The more cost-effective a program is, the more likely a company is to continue the program. Programs that have little to no out of pocket costs to employees have higher employee participation.
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