Everyone in business knows that happy, healthy employees perform well and deliver high quality work, which in turn ensures a thriving and growing business. Over the last few years, the concept of employee wellness, and making that a central focus of any company, has become more and more important. And in our industry, with its driving deadlines and its high targets, maintaining employee wellness becomes even more crucial, not only to the success of the business, but the success of employees and colleagues.
An employee wellness program is something that should be implemented in as many working environments as possible, including yours. Here are our top tips to remember when you’re trying to get a wellness program off the ground.
Get Management’s Support
As with any initiative you want to start in the workplace, support from your leadership team is crucial to its success. Not only because it ensures that you will be provided with the necessary authority and resources to implement your wellness program, but also because people learn from behaviour they observe, and for employees to see their managers and team leaders getting behind the idea of wellness will foster and engender support from the rest of the office too. It’s important that not only does senior leadership demonstrate their commitment to employee wellness, but lead by example as well.
Ask For Input
Once you’ve got the leadership team on board, it’s important to talk to your colleagues. There’s no point implementing a wellness program if you don’t know what you need to be focusing on. And you’re certainly not going to get any buy-in from your peers if you focus on the wrong things. Gather all your colleagues, or send out a request for some feedback, and figure out what the major wellness areas are, and where they would like to see more attention being paid.
Successful wellness programs require deliberate intent. If you’ve decided to spearhead wellness efforts within your company, know that it is a culture that has to be created. First and foremost, you should set goals and objectives that you would like to achieve with your program — not only does it make it easier to communicate what you’re trying to achieve to your colleagues and management, but it also means you can establish what kind of budget you’ll need to work with, and just which resources you’ll need to be working with.
Find A Management Tool
These days, with how attached we are to our phones and devices, implementing a wellness program becomes much easier when you have a management tool that goes along with it. And there are so many different kinds of tools you can use, which are able to track all of the work employees put in, and which everyone participating can use to set their targets and bring wellness into the digital age.
Set Up A Wellness Policy & Team
Once you’ve set everything up, it’s important to have a written wellness policy, a set of guidelines that participants can use throughout their wellness journey. It’s just as important to have a team on hand to help you implement that policy, and assist anyone taking part with their queries, and help you plan and execute various wellness activities. Not only does it formalise your efforts within the workplace, but also lends support and structure to your entire program.
Promote Your Wellness Efforts
Finally, once you’ve set up your program, you’ve got to promote it! Regular mailers to employees, posters around the workplace that inform them of all their options and choices, as well as regular employee wellness events. Making wellness part of your corporate culture, by incentivising employees to participate, incorporate activity clubs, and dedicate a part of your office space to wellness efforts are just some ways you can incorporate health, and happiness, into your office environment.