There’s never a better time to start a workplace wellness program than now!
“When workplace wellness programs are implemented correctly by using thorough, company-specific research and planning, they have win-win potential for both the employer and the employees.”
That’s according to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), in “Wellness Programs: How can wellness programs benefit employers, and what are the general steps for implementing a wellness program?” *
SHRM observes that wellness programs can benefit employers by:
- Lowering health care costs.
- Reducing absenteeism.
- Achieving higher employee productivity.
- Reducing workers’ compensation and disability-related costs.
- Reducing injuries.
- Improving employee morale and loyalty.
In “Quick Shots for #HR and Business Pros–#Wellness Edition,” HR consultant Sharlyn Lauby notes:
“According to the Centers for Disease Control, cardiovascular disease—including heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure—is the number one killer of women and men in the U.S. It’s also the leading cause of disability, preventing Americans from working and enjoying family activities, as well as costing the nation over $300 billion each year from the cost of health care services, medications and lost productivity.”
How to Start a Workplace Wellness program?
A workplace wellness program can be as simple as structured lunch-time walks or sponsored team athletic events, to state-of-the-art fitness centers, healthy living programs and on-site counseling. If you are just starting out, there’s no harm in starting small, learning what works and expand offerings over-time.
According to SHRM, the basic steps to starting a workplace wellness program include the following. SHRM members can login and download a free toolkit called “Designing and Managing Wellness Programs”.
- Establish the goal of the wellness program.
- Decide the company’s level of involvement in the program.
- Establish the budget and expected ROI.
- Choose employee rewards.
- Write and communicate the policy/program.