Workplace Wellness Programs: Insights to Support Your Wellness Strategy
Workplace wellness programs are employer-sponsored programs designed to promote long-term employee health while reducing total insurance spend. Along with financial benefits for companies, other benefits include improvements in a company’s culture, employee mental health, productivity and collaboration.
According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)’s 2018 Employee Benefits Survey, of organizations who increased their employee benefits offerings year-over-year, 44 percent increased wellness benefits. Overall, 75 percent of employers offer wellness resources or a general wellness program. The survey provides a snapshot of what wellness benefits are trending up and which are trending down. From 2017 to 2018 there were substantial increases in companies offering fitness competitions or challenges, CPR/first aid training and standing desks. Health fairs and preventative programs for employees with chronic health conditions both saw significant decline.
Also, stress is a leading workplace health problem. The SHRM survey saw an increase in onsite stress management programs. In 2014, only three percent of employers offered these programs. In 2018, that number reached 12 percent. In addition, the survey found an increase from 62 to 65 percent of employers who provide wellness tips or information to employees at least quarterly to their employees.
Each month, we send our RK Healthy Workforce wellness newsletter. In it, we provide health and wellness tips for your work and life. For example, August is National Immunization Awareness Month. We share some resources from the National Public Health Information Coalition and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the importance of vaccines at all life stages. Vaccination protects everyone, from infants to the elderly, from serious illnesses and complications of vaccine-preventable diseases.
Being properly vaccinated not only protects you, but everyone else around you, from falling ill with serious illnesses like measles, polio, hepatitis and meningococcal meningitis.
Follow the provided links to learn if you and your loved ones are up-to-date on the recommended vaccinations for each stage of life.
- Infants and children (birth to age 6)
- Preteens and teens (ages 7-18)
- Adults (ages 19 and older)
- Pregnancy and vaccines
Our monthly wellness newsletter also provides healthy recipes, seasonal tips and other valuable resources. If you would like to receive this newsletter in your email each month, contact your R&K client manager.