Building a Next-Generation Employee Wellness Program

There is a strong connection between a person’s lifestyle and their productivity at work. It’s all about a healthy work and life balance. So what does it take to develop an employee wellness program in today’s age? Read on to learn four key strategies:

1. Don’t shy away from encouraging mental health/fitness. According to the GuideSpark Blog, mental health is one of the key components of a wellness program. Mental stress and anxiety can lead to a hit in productivity and attendance. The blog suggests implementing some “mindfulness workshops” like yoga or stress reduction classes in order to promote mental health.

2. Creating a health-promoting environment is important for overall health and happiness. The Vitality Group recommends offering nutritional guidelines for food vending, pedometer programs, and the access to online health assessments and behavioral change programs. Environment changes can foster health and can translate into an employee’s lifestyle.

3. Utilize technology and digital tools. According to Next Generation Fitness, using tools like motivational webinars or conference calls and online fitness classes are useful because employees respond well to ease of access and flexibility.

4. Implement an incentive program. Joshua Love of Forbes has found that incentives are a tried and true method to encourage behavioral changes. However, it’s crucial to continue incentives throughout the year in order to develop long-term changes.

In our modern and ever-changing world, employee wellness programs are evolving to make the most impact.  Utilizing modern technology and recognizing employee preferences will help you make the most useful and all-encompassing wellness program.

Editor’s Note: You can also check out do’s and don’ts on How to Build a Successful Workplace Wellness Program here.