Corporate wellness is a modern day buzz-word. Ever since Google filled its offices with pool tables and twisty chairs, the business world has been fixated by the idea of ‘happy employees’.
The U.S spends $6 billion dollars annually on corporate wellness programs, aimed at keeping employees happy, healthy, and productive. That number looks set to increase next year, really proving that employee well-being is a growing concern rather than a passing fad.
If you’re currently putting together a wellness program for your employees, or you’re interested in the overall direction this healthy workplace philosophy is heading, familiarize yourself with the latest trends below.
Startling statistics predict by 2030, half the world will be obese. Businesses small and large are eager to tackle such a trend imperatively. Interestingly, no single intervention has been shown to reduce such figures with consistency. Introducing fun, easy-to-do fitness programs seem to catch employee imagination. Some businesses even choose to reward employee weight loss with cash incentives. Implementing outcome based programs, interaction, personal attention and engagement through experience work.
Tackling the problem involves knowing your staff personally, and adapting a plan that suits their motivations and habits; while also addressing the needs of the company.
Tackling Stress and Depression with Meditation
Meditation has stood the test of time, and it can be done in minutes at your desk. If 2-5 minute intervals of meditation become accepted practice in the workplace the benefits will be felt by all. Meditation continues to stand the test of time when it comes to immediate relaxation and focus for those who learn the practice and meditation will be successful for many more years to come. Mental illness and stress continue to cost the economy billions of dollars, yet meditation has a proven track record of minimizing many of the challenges and effects of stress.
Introducing in-house programs, encouraging employees to join classes, or subsidizing apps which allow them to meditate at home or at work in 2-5 minute intervals is a valid, and recommended way of dealing with ‘the black dog’.
Smoking Cessation, Finally!
CVS proved the world wrong when they were told employees wouldn’t stop smoking on their say so. Now, everybody wants a piece of the action. Smoking cessation isn’t a new trend in the corporate wellness field, but it is an umbrella term for many new trends trying to accomplish the old-fashioned goal. Setting up easy, proven programs to reduce and help employees to stop smoking is a top priority for businesses right now. Smoking is the cause for many challenges in the workplace as well as a plethora of health issues for the employee. Smoking cessation not only saves lives it saves companies dollars in health care and lost “work hours” when employees kick the habit.
Providing a healthy combination of motivation, support and encouragement to employees shows the best odds of success. Developing a personal ‘game-plan’ for each worker has been shown far more effective than a one-size fits all policy.
Time Management Focus
Time management is a soft skill every employer desires, yet is something so many struggle with in the modern world. Poor time management leads to stress, poor health, sick days and weight gain. To help employees manage time better, businesses have to focus on eliminating as many distractions as possible. When time management is broken down into an easy to do process, things get done more efficiently with less stress. A time management program lets you get more done each day, in the same time frame, affording you more time to sell, workout or spend with your family.
Promotion of time management ties in with lifestyle organization. Finding time for exercise, a trip to the doctor or a good meal will have beneficial effects far outreaching the present.
A corporate wellness program can help pass on, or even develop new strategies which can help a worker gain a hold on most of the major barriers to good health.
Getting them to sign up to programs can be challenging, which is why sugar is recommended over salt. Making the experience appear worthwhile to them is something that will be done differently depending on industry and the company you choose to lead your wellness initiative. Insurance benefits with health premium reductions through Outcome based programs and incentives through gift cards are two of the most common ways being adopted by concerned HR managers trying to get their employees onto a healthy path.
Vital Advantage Consulting designs custom outcome based programs that work. Our combination of experience, personal attention and experiential programs that engage employees are making the difference throughout the country. We also offer non-invasive cardiac and pulmonary testing brought right to your door (and it’s covered by your insurance for people showing risk factors). Together we will make a difference to your employees health, work performance and bottom line of your company.
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