Do you have a company wellness program? If not, why not? Is your company too small? Do you think a wellness program is too expensive? Do you think it wouldn’t make any difference? If you answered yes to these three questions, you’re probably wrong.
Wellness programs can provide tremendous benefits for businesses of all sizes. Whether you’re a tiny start-up with only a few employees, or whether you have dozens of employees in multiple locations, you can create and run a company wellness program that will not only help create a healthier, happier work environment of more-engaged employees, but can help reduce healthcare and workers’ compensation claims and costs.
In fact, small businesses often have the upper hand in creating successful wellness programs because they can achieve higher rates of participation, their programs can be easier to implement, and they can be more customized to meet the needs of employees. The key to starting and maintaining an effective wellness program is to keep it simple and manageable.
Wellness programs can be beneficial for businesses of any size. Small businesses, though, may have an upper hand when it comes to wellness programs, because they often achieve higher rates of participation and their programs are generally easier to implement. The key to developing an effective wellness program is to keep it simple and manageable.
It doesn’t require expensive resources to begin a wellness program. To start your company wellness program without a big budget, take advantage of some of these free or low-cost resources.
Resources for Developing a Workplace Wellness Program
Roper Insurance offers you resources to get your wellness program started. To receive these free informational guides, email one of our specialists at [email protected] or give us a call at 303-721-1145.
- An Introduction to Workplace Wellness Programs combines essential information and resources to help small businesses get started with wellness programs, including additional low-cost resources and ideas, as well as legal considerations when setting up your company wellness program.
Health risk assessments ask a series of questions about one’s medical history and lifestyle in order to identify health risks. This information can then be used by employers to drive targeted wellness efforts.
The following are potential ways for completing health risk assessments:
- Contact your health plan to see what health risk assessment services they offer. Many health insurers offer preventive care resources and workplace wellness assistance to their business customers.
- Send employees to in-network physicians as part of their annual physicals. Most health insurers offer an annual wellness exam at no or very low-cost as part of their health plan.
- Consider hiring an outside organization to conduct appraisals on-site.
- When selecting a vendor, make sure their practices line up with the goal of your wellness program.
- Ensure HIPAA and other privacy standards are protected.
Resources for Recommended Physical Activity Strategies
Use the following resources to encourage your employees to be more active:
- Map out on-site trails or nearby walking routes that employees can use during their breaks or before or after work. (www.mapmyrun.com/routes/create)
- Encourage employees to take the stairs instead of the elevator, and host walk-and-talk meetings when it is nice outside.
- Offer on-site fitness opportunities, such as group classes or personal training from local fitness clubs.
- Encourage employees to take the President’s Challenge! Employees can earn points as they push themselves to be more active and log their physical activity. For more information, visit www.presidentschallenge.org.
Use the tips below to motivate employees to eat healthier:
- Stock your office break room with healthy snack alternatives such as unsweetened flavored waters, fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts and other healthy snacks.
- Ensure on-site cafeterias set nutritional standards that align with U.S. dietary guidelines: www.health.gov/DIETARYGUIDELINES.
- Make water available throughout the day, so employees can choose water instead of soda or other sugary beverages.
- Provide educational materials and healthy eating reminders to employees. Roper Insurance & Financial Services can provide you with nutrition-related articles for your employees.
- Make certain that while you are encouraging employees to eat healthy and participate in the program, that it is positive encouragement without pressure or shaming.
Tobacco Cessation Strategies
Abstaining from tobacco can significantly improve your employees’ health and lower their chances of developing lung cancer, heart disease and other serious, costly diseases. Use the resources below to help your employees quit smoking:
- Visit the American Lung Association’s website to learn more about how to help someone stop smoking: www.lungusa.org/stop-smoking.
- Provide on-site counseling through an individual, group or telephone counseling program: www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/worklife/reference-materials/tobacco-cessation-guidance-on-establishing-programs-designed-to-help-employees-stop-using-tobacco/
Use the disease-specific resources below to develop an effective wellness program for your company:
- Heart disease and stroke:
- Home injuries: www.safekids.org
- Mental Health – National Mental Health Association: www.nmha.org/
For more resources and information on creating and running a successful workplace wellness program, contact Roper Insurance & Financial Services by email at [email protected] or 303-721-1145 today.