Do you offer a wellness program? Do your employees know about it? Test Smartly Labs, a walk-in laboratory that offers Corporate Wellness Testing programs, works with many clients who find that their employees don’t take full advantage of healthy initiatives. If you’re figuring out how to get your wellness programs in front of your employees, here are a few ideas for you.
Strategies for promoting corporate wellness
1. Be open about health care costs. Health care is a hot issue these days. Even if you offer it to your employees, rising costs cause a strain and problem for many. The benefits meeting might be a great opportunity to get employees’ attention about your wellness programs. Show how a healthier employee means less money spent on health insurance, and in the end, lower premiums for all.
2. Everyone Likes Rewards. Wellness programs can be institutions of friendly competition. Maybe the person who loses the most weight in the month, best lowers their blood pressure, or logs the most hours exercising can win something nice.
3. Bring in Experts. Consider hosting a meeting to discuss your program and bring in a health expert to add credibility. Have them target specific aspects of your program in a Q & A session to bring your employees clarity. The benefits of bringing a health care professional can further than just Q & A sessions:
“On-site health clinics give employees the opportunity to schedule office visits for routine care without taking time off work. And they seem to be successful. A recent survey from the Center for Studying Health System Change found that on-site clinics increase productivity, reduce medical costs, and enhance a company’s reputation as being a desirable place to work.” (source)
4. Highlight Mental Health. Get your employees in a healthy “mindset.” This goes beyond the benefits of being healthy individuals. It can also contribute to a healthy workplace and a better functioning company. “Unmanaged stress has been linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, and sleep trouble. At the workplace, it can lead to inefficiency, job dissatisfaction, and absence from work for related health conditions.” (source)
Here are a few tips to get your ideas flowing. Whether it be brochures around the office, company newsletters, or weekly emails sent to everyone in the company, these are things we think are important to highlight.
Do you have other ways you get your wellness program in front of your team? Let us know, we’d love to hear them!