You’re a business owner whose company is flourishing and growing. You’ve created an environment where your employees are happy, your clients and customers are happy, and you’re ready to take the next step in creating a great workplace. It’s time for you to consider a wellness program.
What is a Wellness Program?
In today’s age work and stress mean less time for health and exercise. A wellness program emphasizes health and exercise and can help alleviate stress and boost performance in the workplace. It can be as simple as a handouts and posters about health or as involved as an office-wide weight loss program.
Wellness Program Benefits
A healthy employee is a productive one. By giving them information on being healthier or giving them means to be, you create an environment where people are more relaxed and focused on what they’re doing. You’ve also shown them you truly care about their well-being. Programs can also bring employees and co-workers together. You might see friendly weight loss or weight training competition. You may have employees racing to finish 5ks quicker than the other. You may also see some money being saved on the healthcare front.
How to Start a Program
The first thing you have to do is make the choice to be healthier and see the added benefits. Secondly, you’ve got to decide on a budget. It may be that the weight loss program is cheaper than posters and newsletters because employees are losing the weight in their spare time. You may find you have it in your budget to put a small weight room in your office. It’s really up to you.
Make sure the program has structure. Let your employees know what the goal of it is, and let them have some fun. Offer incentives – a good parking spot for a week, a fruit basket, free lunch on the boss. Give the folks at work something to strive towards.
Now it’s up to you. Trust us though. Healthy employees are productive and happy. It’s in your best interest to start a wellness program.