Workplace Wellness and Employees: What You Need to Know


More than half of all employers in the United States have introduced employee wellness programs into the workplace, and for good reason. After all, these programs are shown to have measurable benefits when it comes reducing the cost of healthcare, increasing productivity, and improving employee satisfaction. And, if you’re looking to reduce turnover and maintain a motivated workforce, an employee wellness program is the right answer for you as well.

And yet, the popularity of these programs don’t guarantee results like those above. In fact, less than half of all active programs demonstrate ROI of any kind and healthcare savings to an organization. But, why is this the case?

To put it simply, many employees don’t like wellness programs. Below, we’re discussing 3 reasons why to help you not only understand why this is the case, but how you can re-engage your workforce in these programs as well.

1. The Program is Nonsensical Due to Workplace Stress

Many workplaces come standard with a certain amount of stress and pressure to perform. However, many push employees to the ultimate limits, causing health problems and family issues as well. When these same workplaces push corporate wellness, employees feel as if they’re being hypocritical (since they’re essentially pushing for health to reduce company costs).

Re-Engage: Before implementing any sort of corporate wellness program, do your part to ensure your employees aren’t overstressed or overworked. Doing so will increase participation in the program and incentivize more employees to participate.

2. The Program Falls Upon Managers for Enforcement

While there may be some managers in your workplace who get along with employees, this isn’t necessarily the case. In fact, many employees have a difficult time communicating with their managers or sitting through meetings with them. And, because employee wellness relies largely on well-being conversations in regular reporting, this can make the entire process a bit more difficult than it needs to be.

Re-Engage: Create a community of mutual respect and understanding between employees and managers. The workplace environment you create is a direct reflection of the dynamics between workers and by putting your managers in the right headspace to discuss your wellness program with employees, you can do your part to facilitate its success.

3. The Program is Seen as Boring, Burdensome, or Irrelevant

There’s nothing worse than putting forth an employee wellness program that comes across to workers as boring, burdensome, or irrelevant. After all, you can’t make it difficult or a "chore" to participate in this program because, quite frankly, your workforce won’t *want *to get involved. If the program is too narrowly focussed or ignores core components of employee well-being, you’re making some fatal mistakes.

Re-Engage: Offer employees a multitude of opportunities to get involved in your corporate wellness initiatives. Find a vendor who will customize activities and content to each individual to ensure everyone feels compelled to participate. Doing so will increase involvement and, in all likelihood, your company’s healthcare savings and other benefits.

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We want to hear from you: How have you set up your own corporate wellness program for success? Have you run into some of the same problems as those discussed above? Did you have to deal with others? Share your thoughts in the comments below!