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4 Approaches to Differentiate Your Wellness Program

How to differentiate your wellness program

In 2019, employer-offered wellness programs will be measured by how a company successfully provides employees with more than good health benefits. There are four approaches your organization can take to show your employees you value their work and care about their well-being.

Achieve the highest level of total well-being: Research by the National Institutes of Health has found that wellness must encompass eight mutually interdependent dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, social, mental, occupational, environmental, financial and purposeful. The best way an employer can meet all these interdependent objectives is to integrate plans and programs that treat well-being in holistic manner and not as single, isolated issues. When employees are both happy and healthy, levels of productivity increase as does overall job satisfaction.

TIP: Go beyond the discounted gym membership, annual health fair or pamphlet driven how-tos.

Customize your wellness program: Embrace the culture of your company and include all demographics of employees and corporate goals before implementing any wellness program. Even multiple locations within the same company may have a different cultural need. Approach each wellness initiative after reviewing all the needs and wants and discovering what the end result should look like. Hiring an outside consultant to provide an objective assessment your needs can be helpful.

TIP: If your company depends on the fitness and safety of its employees, ensure the plan supports physical health. If your company is reliant on employee innovation and group projects, ensure your wellness program includes mental and emotional support