3 Steps to Creating a Successful Workplace Wellness Program
One of my passions is being able to create an environment for our employees that enriches their emotional, social, intellectual and physical wellness. According to Anthony Robbins, “The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel, and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.”
At ivision, we created a Wellness Program to offer a variety of avenues for our employees to engage with us and improve their lives both in and outside of work. A Wellness Program can benefit your business in so many ways, including improved productivity, increasing overall health, and decreasing absenteeism and retention.
So, if you’re ready to implement a Wellness Program for your workplace, here are three ways to make it a success:
- Survey Employees
For the program to be effective, you need to listen to what kind of events your employees enjoy. Send out a survey to a select number of employees to get feedback on what areas of wellness they would like to personally focus on for the year. Recent topics of interest from our employees have included: nutrition, physical activity and weight management. The main objective of the survey is to provide wellness activities that your employees enjoy and will participate in.
- Build out A Calendar of Events
Timing and relevance is key. To keep employees engaged in the program, make sure you’re keeping track of when you have your events, and how often. Once you’ve established your timeline, you can start planning your events around those dates. For example, you can plan a January Lunch & Learn to kick off the “new year, new you” mindset with tips on healthy eating and exercise. In June, you can educate your employees on ways to protect their skin in the sun and give out sunscreen samples. These are just a few ideas, but there are so many ways to keep your events relevant and engaging.
- Host Interactive and Engaging Events
Make your program fun! There are so many different avenues that you can take with a wellness program. Engage with your company’s medical providers about any ideas they may have for hosting fun and engaging wellness events. I have found ours to be extremely helpful and creative. Sometimes providers will even give you a budget to help with the funding of your wellness program.
Show your employees that you genuinely have an interest in their health. Empower them to improve their physical and emotional well-being, help them thrive in the workplace, and give them the tools they need to have a healthy work/life balance.