Top 5 Things to Consider for Your 2021 Employee Well-being Program
Updated: Nov 25, 2020
2020 has been a year like no other, and the stress and anxiety associated with the past nine months have been tremendous. To keep your employees’ health a top priority, we provide a round-up of five things you should consider for a successful well-being program in 2021.
If you have been offering wellness programs to your employees, but not seeing the engagement and outcomes you desire, partnering with an experienced corporate wellness company will take the guesswork out of the planning. To reap the benefits of a well-designed program, you need to identify the risk factors of your workforce and develop a customized initiative to address the changing needs of your company.
When developing or enhancing your wellness program consider these five key areas:
Coaching - Not everyone is intrinsically motivated to follow a wellness program. In fact, research finds that 80% of employees do not have the inner drive to do so. Utilizing health coaching and proprietary technology will help sustain participation and engagement in your program. Check out the proven results from OMC Wellness.
Nutrition - We all know nutrition is an integral part of wellness. With six of the ten leading causes of death directly related to nutrition, effective wellness programs include strategies to educate and coach employees on making healthier food choices to prevent or treat chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. Web-based technologies that provide healthy cooking demos, recipes and nutrition webinars are excellent options while employees are working remotely.
Physical Wellness - Promoting exercise with creative programs and friendly competition is key. A wellness technology portal can deliver online fitness programs and wellness challenges for your dispersed workforce. Including education about the importance of recovery and rest is also beneficial for your employees' physical well-being as healthy sleep and stress management habits can help employees begin to value self-care. Some employers even offer employees sleep monitors or guided meditations.
Emotional Wellness and Resilience Training - Anxiety is real and stress is incredibly common in today’s environment. Your wellness program should include strategies to help employees understand how to manage and accept the unknown. Resilience can start at the management level—developing resilient leaders will encourage employees to take similar actions.
Financial Wellness - With unemployment rates skyrocketing and overtime and bonuses at a standstill, it is no surprise that financial wellness has become a vital element of wellness programs. Providing timely programs that are relevant to your workforce can help employees who are struggling but concerned about asking for help. Keep in mind that a well-paid employee can have just as many financial concerns and constraints as an hourly employee so programming should be made widely available to all employees.
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