Step challenges, salad bar luncheons, and sharing healthy recipes are all popular activities in the workplace that encourage living a healthier lifestyle. Employers understand the return on investment by offering physical wellness programs; decreased health care costs. However, there is evidence that this might not be enough. A holistic approach to wellness makes for a happier, more productive, and more loyal employee. Holistic wellness incorporates all aspects that affect a person’s overall well-being, such as emotional, spiritual, financial, and relational. When a person struggles with issues in any of these areas, their work life is affected. Humans can’t simply turn off feelings or thoughts when on the job. If the employer offers ways to cope and alleviate these stressors, the employee’s overall health is improved which allows them to perform their job to their highest potential.
If attracting and retaining top talent is a strategic focus for your organization, offering holistic wellness programs can help in this area. If you are looking to stand out and become “the employer of choice”, your benefit package should include innovative and unique incentives. Vacation, health insurance, and 401K plans are standard benefits most companies offer, so these items do not stand out to the job seeker any longer. Incorporating benefits that appeal to the needs of today’s working adult will attract more quality applicants. Here are some steps to help identify new program ideas and how to implement them successfully:
- Ask your employees what they want. Let your employees be a part of the process. If they feel their viewpoints are being considered during the development phase, they are more likely to participate. It also identifies the needs of the organization so that the program can be developed around those things employees say they need.
- Customize the offering to fit into your existing organization’s culture. There is no cookie cutter program that works for every culture. Ensure the program speaks the same language as your organization.
- Communicate what is being offered. People will not participate if they do not know what is being offered. The communication will need to be repetitious and come from the top level of the organization.
- Incentivize. Are you willing to reward staff for participation and achieving goals? Everyone needs motivation and this type of recognition gets people in the game.
- Ongoing. Consistent messaging is what drives behavior change. People make multiple decisions about money every day. Relevant and ongoing tips around proper money skills will have a long-lasting impact.
Now is the time to strengthen the current wellness offerings in your organization. Contact email@example.com to schedule a financial needs assessment.