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Ideas for Wellness Programs at Work

author image Christy Pogorelac
Christy Pogorelac has worked as a consultant and freelance writer since 2003 and is now a contributing writer for various websites. Pogorelac also works as a marketing manager. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in marketing communication and a Master of Business Administration from Webster University.
Ideas for Wellness Programs at Work
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Wellness programs are becoming increasingly popular in the workplace, as employers realize the direct correlation between healthy employees and overall company happiness. Having healthy and happy employees leads to increased productivity, reduced sick leave, reduced health care costs and higher talent retention. Although organizing wellness programs for employees will require time and money, the investment will be worth it.

Nutrition and Health Promotion Programs

Nutrition and health programs provide a way for you to address dietary choices with your employees. One way you can do this is by hiring a nutritionist as a wellness consultant who meets with employees on a weekly or monthly basis to evaluate dietary choices and offer meal and supplement suggestions. You can also work with your insurance provider to offer a monthly health and nutrition newsletter. For a more social and interactive way to promote wellness, host healthy cooking classes. Finally, consider setting up an affinity program with a weight-loss firm. Offer employees discounted or free memberships and make weigh-ins and meetings more convenient by hosting them on-site during office hours.

Mental Health and Stress Management Programs

Increased time demands, pressure to meet rising expectations and fear of layoffs can cause excessive workplace stress. Feeling overwhelmed impacts confidence and mood, and it can also lead to physical and emotional health problems. To prevent these feelings from sabotaging employee performance, implement an employee rewards program that offers comp time for a job well done. Providing time away from the office as an incentive will boost morale and show your employees that you value balance between work and home life.

Fitness Programs for Wellness

Offer fitness facilities on-premise to make it convenient for employees to work out and relieve psychological and physical stress. Because employees will feel better mentally and physically, absenteeism will decrease. For a fitness program that requires less of an investment, hire personal trainers to work with employee groups at local gyms. Trainers can lead them through various activities, such as exercise boot camps, yoga and Pilates.

Social Outreach Programs

Build feelings of well-being as well as pride in community by facilitating a wellness program with benefits that extend outside of your organization. Establish an employee wellness program with activities that directly benefit the community or a charitable organization. The social outreach program at work should cater to employee interests and organizational culture. It could involve starting a community garden or forming a team to participate in a walk, run or bicycle ride for charity. Regardless of the activity, to make this wellness program a success, make sure you and your management team consistently demonstrate enthusiasm and support.

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