Last month, we looked at One Size Fits None and the importance of building an individualized, yet company driven wellness program that works for employees and meets the company’s overall expectations.
Now, let’s take a deeper dive into why it is vital for your company culture and your company wellness to bear fruit on both sides.
Company Culture Matters
Vibrant company culture is a key to any organizations success. Most employees and even candidates for employment seek companies with cultures that are engaging, leading edge and match their personality and expectations. Work-life-balance being a huge factor in today’s workforce.
A wellness commitment by a company can strengthen culture change. Meshing wellness programs into the culture, devising a plan to have the management of all levels and employees involved. All while providing platform employees to meet their individualized needs as well. NFP CORE WellWorks and Benefits Partners WellStrides can create the right program to balance company culture and wellness.
In 2017, the National Healthcare Expenditure reached over $4.0 trillion, or $10,436 per person. Many employers realize the jolt of rising healthcare costs and the impact these costs have on employees and the entire organization. Some companies are spending 50% of their profits to satisfy the increasing healthcare cost to avoid employees from taking even more of a financial hit.
Companies have been establishing wellness and health programs to address the costs by encouraging employees to embrace healthier routines. The Center for Disease Control describes workplace wellness as “a coordinated and comprehensive set of health promotion and protection strategies implemented at the worksite that includes programs, policies, benefits, environmental supports, and links to the surrounding community designed to encourage the health and safety of all employees.”
Any good wellness program intends to focus on the employees needs to reduce the cost of their healthcare. Wellness programs vary by company; however, the commitment to employee well-being and the positive effect on employees’ long-term health can elevate your company culture and increase employee engagement.
Here are three areas to work towards engagement and a culture boost among your population:
#1 ~ Advance Employee Wellbeing and Health
A summary of company-supported wellness programs determined:
#2 ~ Strengthen Employee Engagement
A wellness program builds employees security and confidence that the company cares about the employee population and their well-being. This establishes the much-needed trust to motivate and engage employees, personally and professionally.
In developing and strengthening a robust wellness program, many companies utilize incentives to encourage employees to participate in the health and wellness benefits offered by the company. These incentives might be employee participation in behavioral changes, such as an employee that quits smoking or their commitment to exercise regularly to changing their eating habits.
With an NFP CORE WellWorks and Benefits Partners WellStrides platform, a company a company can provide employees access to track their progress, receive rewards and company recognition, and make wellness an essential part of any company culture.
#3 ~ Link Company Culture
Results from the American Psychology Association’s Work and Well-Being Survey highlight the connection between leadership support of health and wellness programs. According to the 2016 survey results, 73% of employees with senior managers who show support for employee well-being said their organization helps employees develop a healthy lifestyle.
Employees feel more motivated to do their best at work when a company invests in their well-being versus an employee in a company that lacks a strong wellness initiative. Employees are satisfied with their job, have better coworker relationships and may refer others to the company for employment in an organization with a strong wellness presence.
Wellness programs can link practical physical and psychological benefits, an established commitment to employee wellness and company culture creates a team environment and increased positive synergies for all levels within a company.
Company Commitment, Culture Change
Many people dispute the link to a wellness program benefits directly affecting the company’s bottom line. A well-run, well-organized and easy-to-use program demonstrates to an employee that their employer cares and is committed to them beyond job performance. With this, employers see an increase in employee engagement, motivation to perform their job duties, focus on work-life balance; leading to a more productive and happier workforce.
Remember, healthy employees, make happy, productive, interactive team members in the organization. To develop and maintain a wellness program can be demanding, this is where NFP CORE WellWorks and Benefits Partners WellStrides can work alongside you and your organization to build the ideal wellness platform to meet your overall wellness goals that can shift your company culture. No worries, we’ve got your back! We found this quote, we thought was befitting to our article: “When ‘I’ is replaced with ‘We,’ even ‘Illness’ becomes ‘Wellness.’
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