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How do you spend your wellness dollars?

The need for comprehensive and customizable corporate wellness programs has never been more urgent.

In response to global healthcare, economic and social crises, there’s opportunity to elevate conversations about well-being, mental health, physical fitness and financial security. A robust and flexible employee wellness program can support your organization’s efforts to address these major concerns.

But what’s the best way to design an employer-based wellness program that will make a positive impact on your employees and healthcare costs? What are the critical areas to allocate your budget? How do you spend your wellness dollars?

Reach out to your health and wellness provider to make certain you understand all the options and benefits that will best serve the needs of your workforce.

Tailor your corporate wellness program to match your employee population. For example:

  • Organizations with multiple worksites and remote teams - Focus on digital access to programs, learning opportunities and rewards. A web portal is a must, along with virtual health coaching, syncing fitness trackers and more.
  • Smaller companies - With fewer resources, you will need to leverage your wellness provider’s educational material, communications templates, webinars and fitness challenges.

The Go365 Engagement Source offers a menu of group activities for organizations to customize their wellness programs. You can choose from financial wellness education during an economic downturn, skin screenings for employees who work outside, smoking cessation programs and online cooking classes for those who want to manage weight, diabetes, heart disease or other chronic illness.

Employee engagement planning tool

Go365 provides the “Employer Wellness Engagement Planning Tool” with step-by-step instructions on how to customize your health and well-being program.

Start by assessing your organization’s current wellness environment using Go365’s “Healthy Company Questionnaire.” The feedback and results will help set your wellness objectives and goals.

Here are three keys to ensure you’re making the most of your wellness dollars.

1. Define wellness program objectives

What do you intend to accomplish? Objectives can be set monthly, annually or for any defined timeframe. If the objective spans more than a month, break it down into monthly steps to work toward the overall objective.

Sample objectives:

  • Create a healthy population and reduce overall claims cost per member per month
  • Reduce number of unscheduled paid time off (PTO)/sick days
  • Empower employees to take ownership of their personal health
  • Improve a specific condition in your workforce (e.g., stress, tobacco cessation, high blood pressure, etc.)
  • Increase employee retention

2. Develop a communications plan

Your employee engagement plan must include a communications strategy to successfully increase participation. A regular cadence of messages using multiple communications channels is critical in reaching your associates, stirring excitement and maintaining commitment to healthier habits.

3. Document wellness program results

Establish metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) aligned with your wellness program objectives. Measuring results against your program goals will allow you to determine how to adjust your plan going forward and where to allocate your wellness budget.

Go365 provides reports to monitor the progress of each client’s employee wellness program.

It’s also important to get feedback and suggestions for improvement from team members. An effective employer-based wellness program must continually evolve to meet the needs of the workforce and changing environmental circumstances.

By evaluating the KPIs and employee feedback, you can enhance your workplace wellness program and spend your wellness dollars wisely.

To learn more about launching a corporate health and well-being program, contact your Humana sales rep or request more information about Go365’s wellness program by filling out this formOpens in new window.

Go365 is not an insurance product and is not available with all Humana health plans. This is a general description of services which are subject to change. Please refer to Customer Support for more information.

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