Starting a Workplace Wellness Culture in Your Company
An employee-employer relationship is no different from any other relationship; it all begins with common ground. With the recent increase of health-minded individuals over the past 10 years, there is a growing need for an employee’s work culture to reflect their personal morals and beliefs. When it comes to Workplace Wellness, employers and employees need to be on the same wavelength. The benefits of having a workplace wellness program within an office has been proven to boost morale, improve employee satisfaction, and increase productivity and focus – just to name a few. Unlike Health and Safety Programs, an employer is not legally mandated to provide a Workplace Wellness Program, though the benefits of adopting an environment that fosters health and wellness are indisputable. Workplace Wellness Programs may often be offered in partnership with health insurance companies as way to prevent disease and promote health. All participation in these types of programs is optional, but the key to Workplace Wellness Programs is to provide a culture in the workplace that is supportive and complimentary of healthy lifestyle changes.
Examples of Workplace Wellness Programs
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Some Workplace Wellness Programs offer physical wellness aids, such as in-house screenings and immunizations, while others may include mental health wellness services. Some Workplace Wellness Programs may be extremely specialized, such as programs targeting smoking cessation, while other workplaces may not offer any physical or mental health wellness amenities. Every Workplace Wellness Program will be different in terms of the services offered, but all services will revolve around health and wellness promotion for employees.
Implementing a Workplace Wellness Program in Your Workplace
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If there is no Workplace Wellness Program at your current place of employment, a simple first step towards implementation would be to talk with the employer/employees and have a simple discussion about what is missing – this can be initiated by anyone in the office! There is no sense in guessing what would improve office life, especially when the question can be answered in a fairly simple manner. If anyone feels uncomfortable bringing up the topic, there is no shame in anonymity – either by note in the employee’s case, or survey in the employer’s case.
Return on Investment
On the business side of things, estimates place the return on investment at $3.40 for every $1 spent on a Workplace Wellness Program. Considering the other benefits of reduced absenteeism, reduced benefit costs, and lowered disability payments, it only makes good business sense to invest in a program that keeps employees at optimal health, while ultimately saving money. Not only will the office be full of happy and healthy employees, but it is also a great way to show an employee that you are truly committed and are willing to invest in their health & well being.
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