Developing a wellness program is an important part of improving the mental and physical well-being of your employees. It’s a significant step in potentially improving employer health costs. Wellness programs can also assist employers by:
- Reducing absenteeism
- Lowering health care costs
- Reducing workers’ comp and disability related costs
- Achieving more employee production
- Improving employee morale and loyalty1
There are costs associated with a wellness program, so it’s essential to have a well thought out plan that meets your company’s goals and your employees’ needs. Here are five steps to get you started:
Step 1: Identify what is most important to your employees.
- Consider conducting surveys to find out what your employees want in a wellness program.
- The CDC offers resources on how to design and conduct surveys for collecting health status or health behaviors.2
Step 2: Get support.
- Make sure leadership is your champion when you plan to build a wellness program.
- The success of a wellness program will depend on ongoing support at all levels of the organization. Senior leaders should not only speak of the program’s importance but also lead by example.3
Step 3: Develop goals and define objectives.
- Once you have completed employee assessments, you can start outlining or building a wellness program. Many organizations prefer to focus on improving employee health and reducing health care costs.
- Other goals might include reducing the number of employees who smoke by a specific percentage over the next two to three years, reducing absenteeism or improving employee productivity and decreasing the amount of employee turnover.
- Each goal needs to have an objective with a specific timeline to hit that goal.
Step 4: Choose programs that fit your needs.
- Based on your organization’s goals, you can choose a number of programs to help meet its needs.
- Programs might address a variety of concerns, including fitness, mental well-being, health screenings, meditation and nutrition.
- You can also find several options with the help of Go365®.
Step 5: Communication.
- It’s important to have a strong communication plan that clearly and easily describes the positive aspects of your wellness program and any potential incentives you may provide.
- Communication should be easy to access and consistent.
Go365’s Engagement Source includes robust communications, videos, checklists, frequently asked questions (FAQs) and template forms that can be personalized with your brand to support promoting your corporate wellness program.
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1 “How to Establish and Design a Wellness Program,” SHRM, last accessed April 14, 2021. https://www.shrm.org/ResourcesAndTools/tools-and-samples/how-to-guides/Pages/howtoestablishanddesignawellnessprogram.aspxOpens in new window
2 Designing Surveys, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last accessed April 14, 2021. https://www.cdc.gov/workplacehealthpromotion/model/employee-level-assessment/designing-surveys.htmlOpens in new window
3 Hector De La Torre and Ron Goetzel, PH.D., “How to Design a Corporate Wellness Plan that Actually Works”, last accessed April 14, 2021. https://hbr.org/2016/03/how-to-design-a-corporate-wellness-plan-that-actually-worksOpens in new window