Wellness programs can be a great workplace benefit. Not only are these programs a great incentive to work for a company, but also they can help keep your workers healthier, happier and more productive as a result. All is all, a wellness program is also one of the greatest employee engagement ideas for your staff. A survey from Society of Human Resources Managers found 76 percent of organizations have some sort of wellness program. Moreover, participation between 2012 to 2014 increased year over year. Clearly wellness is more popular than ever! That being said, there are many different types of wellness programs you can implement. How do you start? Here are some ideas:
Provide healthy food
One of the easiest health programs is to make sure there are nutritious snacks on hand. This could mean fruit and vegetables or even nutrition bars and yogurt. While employees frequently bring in sugary treats to share, staff have to rely on themselves to pack healthy lunches, and with an on-the-go lifestyle, it's not always easy to do. Provide easy access to healthy food, and employees will thank you.
Promote gym memberships
Even if you don't have a gym on premises, you can work out a deal with a local fitness center or reimburse employees for a portion of the membership cost, BenefitsPro pointed out. Picking a gym and sticking with a workout regimen can be difficult for many people. However, if co-workers make a plan to hit the gym after work, even the most reluctant athlete will be more likely to attend.
Encourage exercise in other ways
Invite staff to participate in regular physical activity, like biking or even running to work. To make it easier on those who choose to participate, install some showers in the office, U.S. News and World Report suggested. This way, staff could also use their lunch breaks to make a quick trip to the gym. You might be surprised how many people would start biking to work once they can clean up afterward.
Have work from home options
When sick employees come into work, the illness spreads to their colleagues. While one person may feel comfortable powering through a bad cold with the help of pseudoephedrine, the same bug might put co-workers down for the count. If ill staff members want to pass on sick day coverage, encourage them to work from home so their co-workers aren't faced with the same issue.
Employees increasingly look for a balance between work and life. Making it easier to fit in a workout can also ease this burden.