With each passing year we learn more and more about wellness and the positive impact it can have on a business. The new year will be no exception to this so here are some of the top employee wellness trends to watch in 2018.
Wellness Programs Will Keep Expanding In Focus
Old school wellness programs could be very single minded, often focusing in on very specific issues such as weight loss and smoking. Modern wellness programs are the complete opposite and encompass a wide variety of offerings to meet the needs of a diversified workforce. The broader scope will lead to increased productivity gains as a greater number of employees are able to benefit from these programs.
Wellness Programs Will Focus More On Personal Interaction
Newer generations entering the workforce place more value in personalized benefits, and employee wellness is no exception. As such, setting personalized wellness goals for employees will be very important in 2018 and onward. One way to do this is by adopting digital fitness tracking programs that allow you to monitor an employees fitness level and set appropriate goals for their unique needs.
Wellness Programs Will Tackle Mental Health
We are quickly realizing that mental health is just as important as physical health, especially when it comes to workplace productivity. Many employees suffer through the symptoms of mental illness quietly as there is still somewhat of a stigma surrounding the issue.
In the coming years wellness programs will direct more of their attention towards breaking the stigma about mental health by offering employees things like mental health days and therapy or counseling services.
Vending Machines Will Come Back Healthier
Vending machines get a bad rap because they're generally filled with junk food, but smart businesses are realizing that they can also be a useful tool in an employee wellness program. Stocking vending machines with healthy choices is extremely cost effective and small, healthy snacking throughout the day promotes a more stable mood and increases your overall energy level, which is exactly what you want for your employees.
Wellness Programs Will Emphasize The Importance Of Sleep
We know a lot more about sleep than we used to. In the past employees who worked through the night, burning the midnight oil as they say, were considered model workers. These days research shows that it's actually the well-rested employees who are more productive. Tired and overworked employees are simply not as sharp.
Unfortunately research also shows that many employees are still sleep deprived. It's been estimated that sleep deprivation costs American businesses up to $411 billion each year, and that's no small price to pay. As a result of this wellness programs will be putting more emphasis on getting a good night’s rest and combating the harmful ideas we used to have about sleep.
At Summerlin-Roberts we know how important it is to create a healthy workplace and we want to help you make that a reality. Please contact us today for more information on promoting a healthy lifestyle with your employee wellness program.