While your employees will thrive personally when they're in good health, having a healthy workforce can also be beneficial to your organization. When you go the extra mile to create a healthy work environment, your business will benefit from less employee absences, an increase in productivity, and higher employee morale.
We recently wrote a blog post about how to create a healthy workplace, and one of the steps mentioned was to offer workplace education for living a healthy lifestyle.
Since this is such a big piece of the puzzle for creating a healthy workplace, we wanted to share some tips for how you can effectively implement an on-going employee wellness education plan to help your employees commit to living a healthier lifestyle:
1. Conduct a Health Risk Appraisal to determine the most needed workplace education.
If you're like most small businesses, you don't have a large budget to allocate to your employee wellness plan. Therefore, it's wise to conduct a Health Risk Appraisal on the front-end to determine which needs in regards to wellness should be prioritized for your employees.
You could also conduct an interest survey with your employees to find out which types of workplace education surrounding wellness that they would find most valuable.
2. Get employees to get involved with your workplace wellness program.
Once you've identified which areas are of most importance to your employees, you need to find a compelling way to encourage people to participate in your employee education offerings.
Depending on your workplace culture, this may mean having your senior management team emphasize the importance of participating in wellness education. And, in addition to them stressing the value that this employee education can offer, management should be healthy role models for their employees as well.
An especially effective way to get the needed participation is to offer an incentive or reward for involvement in the wellness education program. For example, employees could get a substantial discount on gym memberships for going to the gym a specified number of times each month.
3. Be consistent with the workplace education that you offer.
Upon having a Health Risk Appraisal completed for your company, you'll be presented with a number of health and wellness related topics that your employees want to learn more about. Maintaining a consistent schedule for offering workplace education that address these hot topics is key to creating a healthy work environment.
For example, by scheduling wellness education on the first Monday of every month, your employees will come to know that this is a standing date for learning how to live a healthier lifestyle. Being consistent with your workplace wellness plan will allow your organization to get the best results.
All in all, offering workplace education will not only help to keep wellness at the forefront of your employees' minds, but it can also positively impact your bottom line as well.
Please contact us at Summerlin-Roberts to learn more about how to build a successful wellness program for your organization.