Posts Tagged ‘employee wellness programs’

4 Ways To Get Employees To Engage In Your Wellness Program

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

If you have made a decision to invest in a wellness program for your company, you should be motivated both by the health of your employees and its improvement to your bottom line.  These goals are critical and reachable.  Both motivations will best be met by encouraging maximum participation from your employees.  You can significantly influence this outcome by taking the following four steps.

 

1. Get Input from Your Team

In the very beginning, before you decide your budget and objectives, find out who cares. Don’t announce the impending program, just start asking around – however that works best with the size of your organization.

You’ll likely find a few employees who are very interested in health.  Involve them in your early efforts.  First, get their input.  Then, task them with getting input from their co-workers.  Use the input to identify potential elements for your wellness plan.  Their leadership will be more effective because it is motivated by their own passion.

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Wellness Programs: Are They Worth It?

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Wellness programs aim to improve the health of your employees and their families while reducing your health-related costs as an employer. You’ve probably heard or read studies about the benefits of wellness programs: how they’re linked to less absenteeism, greater productivity, and a reduction of long-term health care costs.

But are they really worth it?

With the rising costs of health insurance many companies are desperately searching for ways to cut costs. Many business owners and CEOs who currently have wellness programs are asking the question, “Are wellness programs really still worth it?”

Of course the health of your employees is important but ultimately you must do the math and find out if a wellness program will save the company money or not.

As a business owner you cannot afford to launch a health crusade at the expense of your company. But if and when a properly devised wellness program can truly cut costs then, and only then, is it a win-win for you and the employees.

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