Low-Cost Workplace Wellness Resources for Small Businesses
Businesses of any size can benefit from having a workplace wellness program. If you are a small business, you may even have an upper hand when it comes to wellness programs. Why? They often achieve higher rates of participation and programs are generally easier to implement. Remember, the key to developing an effective wellness program is to keep it simple and manageable.
With the help of our friends at HR360, we put together some low-cost workplace wellness resources for small businesses.
Health Risk Assessments
Health risk assessments ask a series of questions about one’s medical history and lifestyle to identify health risks. From there, this information can be used by employers to drive targeted wellness efforts. The following are potential ways to obtain health risk assessments for your employees to complete:
- Contact your health plan to see what health risk assessment services they offer
- Consider hiring an outside organization to conduct screenings on-site or provide online resources. Always remember:
- 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 and ideas 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. (You can use a site or an app like MapMyRun.)
- Encourage employees to engage in physical activity by suggesting taking the stairs instead of the elevator or by hosting 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.
Resources for Nutritional Strategies
Use the tips below to motivate employees to eat healthier:
- Offer low-cost, healthy food options in vending machines and in break rooms, such as fruits, vegetables and nuts.
- Ensure on-site cafeterias set nutritional standards that align with U.S. dietary guidelines.
- 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. Reach out to your client manager at Rose & Kiernan, Inc. We can provide you with nutrition-related articles for your employees.
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.
- Provide on-site counseling through an individual, group or telephone counseling program. Here is some guidance from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
Use the disease-specific resources below to develop an effective wellness program for your company:
- Heart disease and stroke:
- Home injuries
- Mental Health
For more resources and information on running a wellness program, contact the Employee Benefits Management Group (EBMG) at Rose & Kiernan, Inc. here or by calling (800) 242-4433.