Many companies simply do not have the resources to create a large, complex wellness program. In fact, many groups struggle just to provide health insurance for their employees. However, targeting wellness is still important for smaller companies, because wellness efforts have been proven to:
- Improve company morale and productivity.
- Reduce overall health care costs.
- Retain and attract employees.
Though your organization may not be able to fund a comprehensive wellness program, you can do some low- or even no-cost things to improve the health and wellness of your employees. Consider these ideas:
- Ask a local hospital, non-profit organization or other health care provider to come and provide presentations to your employees on living healthy lifestyles.
- Ask your broker if your health insurance carrier offers free health risk assessments (most do).
- Create a wellness committee consisting of various employees to lead the effort. Start with simple activities, such as healthy eating days and lunchtime walks.
- Make your workplace smoke-free.
- Offer on-site flu shots for free or at a reduced cost.
- Provide healthy vending machine choices.
- Provide physical activity breaks during the day for your employees and encourage them to go outside for a quick run or walk. Encourage taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Provide educational materials about the benefits of healthy eating, exercising, not smoking and other lifestyle changes. Ask your broker about the Live Well, Work Well newsletter and series along with posters and other communications to support your efforts.
Contact Tanner, Ballew and Maloof, Inc. for a variety of wellness tools to benefit your employees!