Wellness programs are now more important than ever before. The CDC says that “chronic diseases cause 7 in 10 deaths each year in the United States. About 133 million Americans—nearly 1 in 2 adults—live with at least one chronic illness and more than 75% of health care costs are due to chronic conditions.” Here at Incentive Solutions we understand that these numbers are so frustrating because the majority of chronic diseases come from behavioral factors such as:
- Lack of physical activity
- Poor nutrition
- Tobacco use
- Excessive alcohol consumption
Wake up Americans. We are killing ourselves and costing the country’s businesses and the government billions in the process. The CDC actually says that chronic diseases impact the U.S economy by more than $1 billion annually.
So what can you do? For starters, consider implementing an employee wellness incentive in your workplace. Employees spend a majority of their waking hours at your office, so it’s the perfect place to help them get on track to wellness. These programs can also help cut down on your annual insurance claims by as much as 20%. That’s a high cost-savings. But starting a program is easier said than done (unless you call us, of course), so here are four key factors to remember when designing your company’s employee wellness program:
- Make fitness available - Although you’ll be paying more attention to wellness, your employees will still be juggling their daily tasks and can be stressed, so they may find it difficult to find time to act on your wellness goals. Creating an on-site fitness area or purchasing gym memberships for your employees is a great option to implement because it gives them the flexibility to get active when they can.
- Make it fun - No one wants to participate in a boring wellness program. Try changing the activities you hold from time to time so they sync with wellness/fitness trends (cross fit/yoga). This will help your employees to experience a wide range of activities and can give them and idea of what they like and what they don't.
- Show them what’s in it for them - Some employees may need a little something beides fun to get them invested in your plan. A number of employers have tried lowering employee’s insurance contributions with rebates if they do participate in their wellness program, and have had positive results.
- Let them know what the end result of your plan is – long and short term. You can’t expect people to buy into what you’re selling unless you’re transparent with them about the issues you’re attempting to correct, and the results you want to achieve. Create materials that you can hand out that show exactly what the impact of their participation will be. Show them the savings to the company and to the employee themselves.
These recommendations are merely starting points. Designing a complete employee wellness incentive program can be challenging, but we’re here to help. If you’d like more information or advice, call us today at 1-866-567-7432.
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