Negosentro| Programs to Help Your Employees Stay Healthy and Happy | If you’ve started your own tech or start-up business and have just begun expanding by hiring more employees, you’ve probably started thinking about their health and happiness. To keep turnover at a minimum, it’s important to consider ways to increase employee morale and job satisfaction. One facet of this is creating a company-wide wellness focus.
Types of Wellness Programs
There are two main types of wellness programs – informal and formal. Both have their advantages. An informal program can begin with just a recognition that employee wellness is a goal of the company. There are simple mindsets that can be built into company culture. For example, encourage workers to stay home if they feel unwell. Nothing brings down the mood of an office like someone in the middle cubicle coughing and sneezing. Provide a cot in a quiet dark room for anyone who needs a power nap or a place to let headache medication take effect. Put up a health-focused bulletin board where employees can hang Le-Vel Thrive reviews, healthy recipes or “want-ads” for a lunchtime walking partner. If possible, partner with a local health club to provide discounted rates for employees. Make it an informal policy that birthdays are celebrated quarterly with a catered soup and salad lunch rather than cake in the break room. Set up easily accessible filtered water stations so everyone stays hydrated.
Other wellness programs are more formalized and run through the HR department. These programs can include mental health referrals, company-wide weight loss initiatives, vaccination clinics and health screenings. Formal programs do not mean mandatory. Employees are free to participate or opt out. For example, as part of the program, the company might bring in a nutritionist to talk about healthy eating or a weight loss counselor for brown bag lunch seminars. Everyone can choose what programs appeal to them. In addition, you might contract with a 24-hour medical advice hotline if your insurance provider doesn’t already offer that service.
Conduct a Needs Assessment
Before you decide what kind of program to implement at your company, conduct a needs assessment to determine what your employees want and could benefit from. First, create an anonymous survey to evaluate your workers’ desires. There is no point in starting a “stop smoking” campaign if no one in the office is willing to try to give up the habit. Look carefully at your insurance plan to see what is already offered. It’s possible the best thing you can do for your employees is to remind them of what’s available and how to access the benefits. If the hotline for an on-call nurse is buried on page 215 of the insurance benefit handbook, there is little likelihood that anyone will take advantage of that service.
After you have surveyed your employees, create a committee made up of someone from each department. This committee will work to create goals for the wellness plan and decide which suggestions to include in the program. It’s important to note that you won’t be able to fulfill everyone’s wishes. If only one staff member out of 20 said they would take advantage of a mobile flu shot clinic, it’s probably not worth coordinating such an event. If 12 of the staff members are worried about high blood pressure, on the other hand, it might be worth investing in a blood pressure cuff for the break room or arranging a talk on the subject from a healthcare professional.
Benefits of a Healthy Workforce
Keeping your staff healthy and happy will pay off in the company’s bottom line. If employees feel valued, they are more likely to be productive. If employees feel that your company is a really great place to work, they are less likely to look for another job. Once word gets around about the great benefits of working for your company, the quality of job applicants is likely to increase. The better work force you have, the chances for your business’s success are greater.
Creating an informal or formal wellness program will likely provide your company with a healthier happier workforce. If you’re unsure where to begin, start with healthy snacks in the break room and go from there.