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Building the Right Program for Employee Wellness

By HR Tech Outlook | Friday, November 30, 2018

Many hardworking people get so engrossed in their work that they often forget to take care of their own health. They don’t realize that sound mental and physical health leads them to excel in their profession. Most companies today are opting for employee wellness program to enhance employee experience, boost employee health and morale, enhancing their performance in the journey. Those companies that don’t have an employee wellness program should take a look at these key attributes of such programs.

Primarily, these programs are focused on enhancing employee performance. Numerous studies have shown that a healthy lifestyle is directly proportional to increased productivity. It also lessens the office stress, which for many people and companies, has become a norm. And finally, involving people in a wellness program leads to happier employees, leading to a decreased turnover.


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Tran Taylor, EVP & CHRO, Nationstar Mortgage


 

Several organizations find it confusing to decide upon key attributes that should be included in an employee wellness program. They can begin by offering in-house gym or fitness classes because employees who work for more than 40 hours per week within an office require to find time to move around and exercise. Since many companies cannot afford to provide these facilities, they can implement a program that reimburses employees’ fitness-related purchases or encourages their staff to form after-work exercise groups. Another major step toward employee wellness is to have stress releasing activities. Because stress can lead to serious health issues and mental illness like depression and anxiety, companies can set an office closing time to ensure everyone leaves at a reasonable hour.

However, knowing the benefits of a wellness program is not enough, organizations need to follow a basic plan to implement one in their workplace. The first step would be to set goals that will be beneficial to the staff. Once the goal is set, they can create a team to start developing the employee wellness program. It is equally important for companies to get feedback from the employees about the program to optimize it.

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