Low-Cost Workplace Wellness Strategies: General Health Education to Improve Overall Employee Well-Being
When given access to workplace wellness programs, employees say that such initiatives have a positive impact on their overall health. Also, according to UnitedHealthcare’s 2018 Wellness Checkup Survey, those who do not have access to workplace wellness programs say that they want them. Although workplace wellness programs often include expense, there are ways employers can make positive changes for little or no cost. In conjunction with our resources provided by HR360, the Employee Benefits Management Group (EBMG) at Rose & Kiernan, Inc. has put together a series of low-cost workplace wellness strategies, starting with the following tips to improve overall employee health and well-being.
First, have a wellness plan in place that addresses the purpose, nature, duration, resources required and expected results of a workplace wellness program. Promote and encourage employee participation in the physical activity, nutrition and weight management programs, and provide health education articles, handouts or fliers to employees.
Next, create a committee that meets at least once a month to oversee your wellness program. Offer regular health education presentations on various physical activity, nutrition and wellness-related topics. Also, ask health associations, healthcare providers or public health agencies to offer free on-site education classes.
Host a health fair as a kick-off event or as a celebration for completion of a wellness campaign. Conduct preventive wellness screenings for blood pressure, body mass index, blood cholesterol and blood sugar, and provide confidential health risk assessments.
Other ideas including offering on-site weight management or maintenance programs for employees. Add counseling for weight management or maintenance, nutrition, and physical activity as a benefit in health insurance contracts.
By considering the strategies above, you can help improve overall employee well-being. For help setting up a general wellness health education program, contact Rose & Kiernan, Inc. Stay tuned for more posts related to low-cost workplace wellness strategies!