Employee wellness strategy - How to do it right

Jenn Armbrust
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Wellness programs go beyond developing the body physically. While it is good to have impressive physical stature, considering the aspects of wellness that improve your health should never be overlooked. To achieve an all-round beneficial wellness program, some crucial elements should be considered. In the end, introducing these programs into your workplace will make the employees happier and have higher productivity.

To accomplish this goal in the workplace, you should identify the essential aspects of the wellness program that will have a direct positive impact on your employees. The participants in this program should also understand how each aspect of the program will positively influence their lives. Well planned programs feature elements that complement each other; this should be your goal.

The following aspects should be highly considered while planning to introduce wellness programs in your workplace.

Physical Wellness

Regarding physical wellness, we consider all the activities aimed at developing the employees’ physical attributes, mental health, and preventive measures to avoid illnesses. This is one of the important aspects targeted during wellness programs because if your employees are not healthy physically, there will hardly be progress. Consequently, your investments in the program will be lost.

Healthy employees find it easier to increase their productivity and make your business more successful. They are more resilient to diseases and other health issues such as being overweight. When your employees are healthy, there will be fewer reasons to spend more money on organizing recruitment exercises because you have employees who can work for many years.

One of the best options for employers to incorporate the physical component of wellness is to provide opportunities for physical activity at work. It could be yoga, pilates, health or fitness classes. This definitely will increase the positive impact of your wellness program. Fortunately, this activities can be easily incorporated into different types of fitness classes.  It is very common among the big companies to upskill existing staff for example how to become yoga instructor. This way the engagement during the work out will be increased and more employees would visit the work outs when everyone knows the trainer.

Financial Wellness

From the financial perspective, your employees can suffer immense mental challenges and depression due to financial troubles. This is why it is important to add financial training during wellness programs. The goal is to help your employees have a better financial knowledge to manage their expenses and investments.

It helps to have employees who have no financial problems. In these settings, your employees will be able to focus on their jobs. Their income can be better managed to get value, which increases the willingness of your employees to focus on delivering value in the workplace.

Emotional Wellness

Areas such as emotional and spiritual wellness are most probably handled by experts in this field. Employees will find this experience valuable because it gives them the ability to express themselves and reveal challenges they encounter in the workplace and their lives.

Social Wellness

Good relationships go a long way in promoting workplace productivity. Employees should be guided on how to go about developing and maintaining good relationships. Sadly, this area is mostly neglected when employers make arrangements for employee wellness programs. The happiness of your employees should never be compromised. Social wellness during these programs increases the ability of your employees to work together as a team in the workplace.

About Jenn Armbrust

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Since 2009, Jenn has acquired extensive experience in the design and delivery of a diverse portfolio of programs. In addition to her executive responsibilities as HR Manager and Learning Events, Jenn is considered a valued partner to many executive teams. Her insight and experience enable her to effectively diagnose, design, and implement complex culture change initiatives in a collaborative and engaging manner. Moreover, Jenn’s experience in global implementations allows her to draw from a deep well of history to create unique and customized solutions. Jenn’s passion for developing people makes her a sought after speaker, partner and coach and is evident in the high praise he receives from clients.

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24th Oct 2018 07:50

Considering the nature of my work, I actually think that a lot of these different components of employee well being is very applicable in our situation! A lot of my self storage employees have to do heavy lifting every once in a while, and it's important to make sure that they know the management cares for them, especially when it comes to customer service disputes and disagreements! It's really all about a good balance between being their boss and being their friend such that we can establish a good co-operative working relationship at the office!

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25th Oct 2018 04:43

Every company needs to ensure that their employees are in the best of health if they need them to put their best work performance forward. They could provide free yearly health screenings and subsidies on various treatments. By making sure that their well-being is taken care of, it is encouraging an environment that supports all-rounded wellness. This notion will give the assurance that employees need to motivate them to work their best.

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