Ah, January. A fresh start. Renewed motivation…
Employers all over the country want to encourage the health of their team. A healthy team is a productive team. A team with longevity can save a company money in the amounts people use expletives to describe.
As a company supporting these endeavors, we thought it would be a good idea to lay out what we’ve learned from our clients and own experience in what makes a great wellness program.
- Buy in. This is the most important one, which is why it’s not buried in this list. The number one thing that will make or break a wellness program is the investment made by the people who are in the program.
- Actual measurable goals. This may be pounds lost or miles walked/run/biked as a whole organization. It could be increase in flu vaccinations or reports for workplace injuries…all, of course, OSHA compliant.
- Tangible benefits. This seems like it’s a self-fulfilling requirement, right? The tangible benefit of dropping pounds is weight loss! But, if that was enough motivation, then there would be less obesity. There needs to be a reward at the end of the effort that the employee actually is motivated to achieve. A company retreat, perhaps? A new Tumi bag from coolperx?
- Motivating equipment. Things like custom branded water bottles, towels and yoga mats are great and last all year. The most successful wellness programs I’ve seen either have a lot of employer sponsorship, like a bi-weekly on-site yoga class or they are themed and reinforce the tangible benefit…like a nice travel kit if the reward is a trip.
Whatever your wellness program looks like, take advantage of the perx 😉