Is your management team prepared to lead? The commitment and leadership of managers is one of the most valuable assets of any corporate wellness program. Companies that get buy-in from managers can increase employee participation and engagement in wellness programs.
Managers can make a difference in employee health and well-being by providing support, offering encouragement, asking questions and listening to their employees. Employers can provide managers with the tools and flexibility to promote well-being to their team and create an environment where they feel supported.
Be a role model. By actively participating in company wellness programs, managers can role model the importance of participation and leading a healthy lifestyle. Managers who make their own personal well-being a priority show their team that being healthy is important to the company and that it’s okay to step away from their office to attend a wellness program event.
Communicate. Managers need to connect with their teams through open dialogues in a way that also protects an employee’s privacy. Short, regular check-ins can help employees feel appreciated and comfortable.
Think long term. Investing in employees’ long-term health and wellness pays dividends for employers. Employees who are healthy are both happier and more productive.
Recognize achievements. Acknowledging accomplishments and success creates a positive work environment. Company-wide announcements of goals reached can also boost team spirit. Showcase your employees’ wellness successes at meetings or your company newsletter.
Understand work-life balance. Managers can help employees establish a healthy work-life balance by offering flexible working options that meet individual needs. Work-life balance is a critical component of employee well-being. Providing flexible options improves employee productivity and increases morale.