A survey by the Society for Human Resource Management found that 75 percent of companies offer some sort of wellness program. These wellness plans may be popular, but that doesn’t mean they’re effective.
There is currently a sizeable disconnect between the popularity for employers and employee engagement in these plans. According to a Gallup survey, participation in wellness programs was around 24 percent in 2014.
The less engagement there is, the less effective your wellness plan will be. In order to get the most out of your program, you have to engage your employees. Motivate your staff to participate in, and reap the benefits of your wellness plan.
What is a wellness program?
Before we fix your wellness policy, we first have to define what this phrase actually means. A wellness program, as defined by Healthcare.gov, is a program intended to improve and promote health and fitness that’s usually offered through a place of work.
These plans usually allow your employer to offer health insurance premium discounts, cash, prizes, gym memberships, and other incentives for participation. Examples of wellness plans include smoking cessation, diabetes management, weight loss, and preventative health screenings.
In theory, wellness plans work to benefit both employers and employees. These programs help your staff become healthier. Healthy employees save their company money by reducing absenteeism and healthcare claims.
Conversely, healthy employees pay less in healthcare and are rewarded through the wellness plan incentives.
How to Fix Your Wellness Plan
Here are five simple steps to fix your broken wellness program:
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