How to Build a Workplace wellness program

For a long time, workplace wellness programs have focused on employee benefits. These benefits would support a behaviour that was in line with the business goals. They may include gym memberships, a healthy kitchen and company sports teams to name a few. As technology has improved businesses are looking at the impact of programs. The findings show that the improvements go beyond fitness and nutrition but extend to mental health and productivity. Let’s now take a look at how to build a workplace wellness program.

ROI For Everyone

Today, stress, depression and anxiety in the workplace effect more than 1 in 3 employees in Australia. Workplace wellness programs are proving to deliver a high return on investment and in Australia contribute on average $2.30 for every $1 invested.  A considerable amount of research through joint projects between companies like PWC, Universities and government.  As a result, employers can now better understand the impact of workplace wellness programs and implement easy-to-use tools and processes to build them.

Building Your Own Wellness Program

There are many approaches to designing workplace wellness programs.  Key to the success of the program can depend on:

  • The alignment with company culture
  • Involvement of employees in the developing the program
  • A structured process for measuring progress and,
  • Providing open and transparent feedback about the success of the program

Many years ago when I looked at how to build a workplace wellness program, there were limited choices, especially when supplying measurable and meaningful data. However, today their suites of tools which are worth looking into, these include hiring a company coach or counsellor, employee engagement software like Officevibe. At Supportive we have blended the two concepts of a coach or counsellor with employee metrics through our Company Care product.

Developing a Workplace Wellness Program

Step 1: Conduct Workplace Health Assessment: Gather information from your existing programs or conduct surveys to gain insights into what is working, what needs improvement and what your team are looking for as part of the program.

Step 2: Planning the Program:  Successful programs are lead from the top. Management must be aligned and behind the program. Ensure that they meet, discuss and workshop the feedback. Hiring a consultant to run the process can also help guide the process through to completion.

Step 3: Implementation: When you’ve completed the first two steps, then comes implementation. If you want your new program to have uptake and support from your team, the implementation must go smoothly. It’s also good to keep it simple to start so that employees aren’t overwhelmed and can see the benefits.

Step 4: Evaluation: Above all, evaluation is the most crucial step in the process. It will measure the impact and benefit of the wellness program, not only showing you but your team how it works and how you can improve it.

Next Steps

Whether you’re an employee or business owner the evidence shows that wellness programs that also focus on mental health are great for the people within your business while also benefiting the bottom line of the company. Businesses that recognise this have at their fingertips more tools and resources than ever to start so what are you waiting for; it’s time to get started.