A company’s success depends upon the hard work of the employees; we can say that the more productive the employees are the more company will gain. What if employees are not productive and suffering from issues that can be physical and mental? Definitely, this is going to affect the company’s production and reputation. Just like a healthy cell, the basic unit of all living organisms provides life and longevity to the organism, in the same way, healthy employees yield much better productivity in comparison to employees who are suffering from issues. Corporate wellness is any program that focuses on the overall health of employees and encourages them towards a healthy lifestyle. Wellness programs function as health care interventions; any employee can participate and take advantage of it.
A corporate wellness program can be categorized as primary, secondary, or tertiary prevention efforts:
Primary: For Healthy Employees
In Primary prevention programs, we can target or focus on a fairly healthy employee population, who are doing fine and taking care of themselves better and encourage them to engage themselves more frequently in healthy behaviors like stress management, exercise, and healthy eating that will help in their ongoing good health
Secondary: Employees who are on risk
A secondary corporate wellness program is targeted at reducing behavior that is considered a risk factor for poor health, employees who have some kind of addiction which is deteriorating their health, and if help provided to them on time they can recover much easier (such as smoking cessation programs and screenings for high blood pressure).
Tertiary: For Employees with Health Issues
Tertiary health programs address existing health problems (for example, by encouraging employees to better adhere to a specific medication or self-managed care guidelines).
Based on the category in which an employee falls they can enroll themselves and take the benefits of these programs.
In today’s time, corporate wellness programs are seen as more important for retaining top talent and improving employee performance. There are plenty of wellness activities available to be included in wellness programs like providing healthy snacks, meditation, yoga classes, and gyms to adding mini trampolines and scooters to your office. It’s important to note that your program doesn’t have to be all about fitness, it is about overall development, physical and psychological flexible employee scheduling or telecommuting can work wonders for employee wellness, too.
Activities included in the corporate wellness program for the betterment of employees.
Health Education: Workshops, Seminars, Booklets
According to employees’ interests and needs, include Health education, which focuses on skill development and lifestyle behavior change along with information dissemination and awareness building.
Medical Screening: Timely Body Screening
Worksite body screening programs (Health Risk Assessments, blood tests, biometric screening, genetic testing, etc.), ideally linked to medical care to ensure follow-up and appropriate treatment as necessary.
Onsite Fitness Programs:
Gym, Yoga, Swimming, Zumba Classes, Meditation, Breathing Exercises, sports activities, Indoor games.
Mental health screening: mental health assessments, providing counseling through experts like psychologists, psychiatrists.
Arranging psychological sessions with psychologists/psychiatrists to help share problems or discuss issues that employees are facing. Link with programs like Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) and other programs to help employees balance work and family.
Complaints employees are facing in the workplace and with other employees or bosses.
The research was done by Hoffman and Kennedy- in 2015 (Armbruster), which was published by the American College of Sports Medicine Health and Fitness Journal, according to the research below are the top nine Workplace/Worksite Wellness Best Practices:
- “Leadership Support (i.e. modeling, resource allocation, etc.)
- Personalized programs that are relevant (according to employees interests and available aggregate data)
- Partnership with employees, employers, organizations, and the local community.
- Comprehensive and evidence-based programs (using eight dimensions of wellness can be a helpful tool- emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual
- An implementation that should be well planned, coordinated, fully executed, and evaluated for success and accountability
- Employees engagement through organizations and planning wellness efforts
- Formal and comprehensive communication strategies/plan
- Data-driven decisions that include measurement, evaluation, reporting, and analytics
- HIPAA compliant programs.
Helping your employees stay happy and healthy will lead to a more engaged and productive workforce, as well as reduced absenteeism and better overall performance.
Dr.R.K. Suri is an experienced clinical psychologist in conducting corporate wellness programs. He has more than 36 years of experience. He has expertise in listening to patients’ issues and problems with all patience. He uses various approaches like CBT, Talks therapy, Goal making, and many more to help employees deal with issues and work stress-free.