Just because you have a wellness program doesn’t mean it’s going to work. This is a harsh truth that many companies just don’t want to hear. After all, you’ve spent so much time planning and designing your program that it should just work…right?
Not always. There are many parts at work when it comes to corporate wellness that if all your bases aren’t fully covered, your program may strike out altogether. No one wants that, so we’ve created this post to tell you exactly why your wellness program isn’t working and how to fix it—fast.
DID YOU KNOW?: Only 60% of employees know their companies have a wellness program and only 40% of those employees are active participants?
The thing is, in order for your wellness program to be successful, employees need to know about it first. It’s all about awareness and spreading the word that not only does the company provide a dynamic wellness program, but that employees absolutely need to participate.
That last part all comes down to enticing employees. This can be done with incentives, acknowledgment, socialization, or even good old fashioned bribery like discounted gym memberships or subsidized wearable fitness tech.
Another thing to keep in mind is how applicable your wellness program is to the needs of your employees. Many programs struggle to gain traction simply because they aren’t relevant to employees. It’s best to determine the needs of your employees and create the right wellness program for them. Either way, the first step is to focus on a plan to get your employees pumped for your program and go from there.
The Full Scope
A huge mistake many companies make is focusing on physical health and fitness alone. This is absolutely detrimental to your wellness program. Why? Because there are eight dimensions of wellness, and only one of them is physical. In order to cover all those bases, you must also address as many aspects of wellness as possible.
All eight wellness dimensions are as follows:
- Social &
Each of these dimensions can be easily addressed through a range of activities and creative thinking (aside from spiritual, which can be inappropriate in the workplace). For example, team-based activities and fitness competitions in the workplace can boost physical health, of course, but can also build social, emotional, and occupational wellness as well. A little healthy competition does wonders for team building and fostering a sense of community.
Intellectual and financial wellness can be addressed through personal development efforts like including a library of developmental books or even holding events and courses for personal finance and development. Environmental health can be addressed simply by ensuring your office is a nice place to be both aesthetically and mentally.
DID YOU KNOW?: If your company culture addresses several aspects of wellness, it can set your wellness programs, and in-turn your employees, up for success?
A lesser known way to bring success to your wellness program is to really focus on a supervisor’s role. They’re the fearless leaders of your company and its employees, but is that all? No, of course not! Management can also play a huge role in keeping employees engaged and helping to influence them for the better, which also promotes wellness in all dimensions.
This is because engaged employees are much more likely to be open with their superiors about their overall wellness. Additionally, when management leads by example and shows energetic interest in your company’s wellness program, it builds employee trust and motivates them to become involved, too. Health and wellness are highly contagious, and it’s up to your company to decide which way the bat swings.
The last reason a company’s wellness program may be failing is another hard truth for businesses to face: themselves. Think about this: a company spends time and funds on a wellness program ready for the costs they save over time, the high ROI, and the improved bottom line. While participation is okay, it’s not as good as it could be and nothing, no matter how creative or incentivized, seems to be working.
In this scenario, it could be that the company’s own culture and values may be getting in the way of a successful wellness program. If a company’s culture is a bit strict or formal, it can be impossible to convince workers clad in heels and fine suits to participate in a walking meeting or to take a jog around the block during lunch.
If a company values maximum hours spent at work, will it allow for early leave for outdoor fitness activities or find the time to host on-site wellness events? Companies can change the way their wellness programs work and set not only their programs, but their employees, up for maximum success by leaving room for creative change to foster a healthier company culture.
If you’re ready to reroute your wellness program and set your company and its employees up for success, then it’s time to reach out to Fitspot. Our experts will work with you to tailor customized programs that will snag your employees’ attention and get them excited about wellness.