Change is good, right? Recently, some of my clients have had new HR people come on board AND I’ve had a few new clients turn up. And it’s got me thinking about the basics, like it always does. If someone knows zero about wellness, where would I start when explaining it to them? So, welcome to today’s blog…
I typically work with clients who have very comprehensive wellness programs – whether they offer a calendar of convenience-providing screenings and events onsite, or an online wellness platform that challenges employees to be healthier, they have bought into wellness and see it making an impact on employees. However, not all programs start here – actually, most don’t!
Where do they start? They start with the basics. Here are some ideas to think about:
- Flu vaccinations – most companies are offering flu vaccinations through onsite clinics in their offices. This increases the convenience for employees, all-the-while protecting the workforce from misery-inducing influenza. No one wants the flu.
- Chair massages – the ultimate feel-good program. Licensed massage therapists bring a chair to your office and give 5- to 10-minute massages. It helps employees take a break, relax a bit, and go back to their work refreshed.
- Lunch and learns – nearly all employees respond well to free lunch! Bait them with that and then teach them how to eat better, exercise more effectively, or stress less. Host employees in multiple locations – make it a webinar!
- Biometric screenings – want to step it up a notch, offer onsite health screenings that help employees learn more about their blood pressure, blood glucose, and cholesterol metrics? Even if you don’t collect this information, knowing their risks can often encourage employees to learn more about improving their health.
- Tobacco cessation programs – one of the best things an employee can do for their health is quit using tobacco. Look into state and local resources or consider a national tobacco cessation coaching vendor to help you employees quit (and stay quit)!
An experienced wellness consultant will help you create a wellness program that makes sense for your population, culture, and budget. There’s always somewhere to start. Let us know if you need more help – this is what we do!