WHAT MAKES AN EFFECTIVE WORKPLACE WELLNESS PROGRAM

Workplace wellness programs are growing in popularity with good reason. Aiding your employees in their efforts to become healthier is a clear win for both parties. According to Cigna’s 360° Well-Being Survey, people in the UAE place less importance on workplace wellness programs, however almost 70% see it as an important factor when deciding whether to leave the existing company for a new employer.

Here are ways on how to incorporate wellness, and create an effective workplace wellness program for your employees:

  1. Start with a needs assessment: Evaluate the current health risks your employees face by conducting health risks appraisals at the beginning of each year, and then designing program interventions around the most predominant risk areas.
  2. Ensure a sound working environment is in place: Wellness programs will not be effective if they are added to a toxic work environment where employees are stressed, overworked, and underappreciated - so ensure that your work culture is one that pays attention to employee satisfaction.1
  3. Make sure you’re an effective role model: In order to motivate your employees to accept health and wellness at work, you too need to stand as an advocate for wellness. Commitment from leadership at all levels of the organization is essential to ensure the wellness program will be adopted by all.2

References:

1Fortune. “5 hallmarks of successful corporate wellness programs” http://fortune.com/2015/04/13/corporate-wellness/ Accessed 4 March 2018

2Research reveals wellness program best practices (2017) https://www.sfmic.com/successful-workplace-wellness-program-best-practices/ Accessed 4 March 2018