The What and Why of Workplace Wellness

Raffa Financial ServicesRaffa Financial Services on 12/05/2017

Wellness programs help promote healthy lifestyles, healthy employees, and healthy organizations.  

There are lots of different ways to approach employee wellness, including smoking cessation programs, gym memberships, health education, stress reduction, employee assistance programs, financial fitness, and more.

If you’re thinking about dipping your toes into the pool of wellness, the time is now. As with any health improvement effort, the quicker you get started, the quicker you’ll see results.

Why Promote Wellness in the Workplace?

Wellness programs are an investment in your most important asset: your employees. Studies have shown that employees are more likely to show up and perform well when they are in optimal health.

Potential benefits of implementing a workplace wellness program include:

  • Lower health care costs
  • Improved productivity
  • Reduced turnover
  • Enhanced recruiting
  • Less absenteeism and presenteeism
  • Increased employee engagement and morale

Caring for your employees, and giving them the tools to take care of themselves, is also a great way to enhance your organizational brand.

If your employees are happy, people will hear about it— including clients, customers, and potential new hires.

What kind of wellness is right for you?

It depends.

While some businesses have instituted comprehensive health programs, others have achieved increased savings and/or productivity with just a few simple activities designed to promote healthy behaviors.

Take a look at your workforce and your organizational goals. What issues are you struggling with that might be addressed by increasing the wellbeing of your employees? Let’s be real. Probably most of them. Healthier employees lead to healthier businesses.

No matter what kind of wellness program you go with, the most important thing you can do is commit to it. Just as fad diets don’t yield long-term results, neither do sporadic wellness efforts. Consistency is key.

Talking about wellness is great, but when it when it comes right down to it, you just need to lace up and get started.

Want more information? Check out the Wellness Council of America.

 

Need help navigating the world of wellness? At Raffa, we work with businesses in the greater Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC area to implement strategic employee benefits plans designed to position them as coveted employers of choice. Whether you’re looking to build a healthy team, lower employee turnover, or recruit and reward executive talent, we can help. 

 

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