May 10 2012
Happy Global Employee Health and Fitness Month! In honor of this special time of the year, Healthyroads, Inc., a health management subsidiary of American Speciality Health Incorporated, is sharing its best tips to encourage companies to build a culture of health at the workplace. But they firmly believe that May should not be the only month out of the year that companies begin thinking about implementing a long-term wellness program. “A sustainable wellness program can, over the long run, reduce company health costs and increase employee productivity and morale,” said Healthyroads CEO and chairman, George DeVries.
Wellness initiatives are actually among the top three most effective tactics for controlling health costs, according to 64 percent of employers surveyed by the National Business Group’s 2012 Annual Plan Design Survey.
So, how you begin building a “fit” company? Understand Your Goals
Discuss and pinpoint what may be increasing health care costs within your company. Is there a large group of heavy smokers? Do daily tasks cause a high amount of injuries? Study the data and unveil the causes of the increasing costs, that way your wellness program will be strategically developed in order to reduce those issues. Motivate Employees
Once your goals are set, hold a meeting and make sure all employees are on board. Give them a meaningful incentive to motivate healthy decisions in their daily life. Before a healthy lifestyle can truly begin, one must be mentally prepared to make changes. By giving employees incentives they can work for, you’ll set the foundation for a culture of wellness in the office. Consistent Communication
Once you’ve set goals and motivated your employees, don’t let the buzz die down. Change up the ways in which you communicate the wellness initiatives to the office. Consider using posters, emails, meetings, contests, bulletin boards and onsite health activities. Different approaches get through to different people. Create a Culture of Wellness
It will take more than one person to motivate everyone in the office so find ways to get the whole company involved in the process of health improvement. Encourage healthy lunch alternatives, organized running or walking clubs and send out monthly emails that keep people motivated. It can’t be done overnight but when health surrounds you on a daily basis, you’re apt to embrace it!
To see the full list of tips, read the article from MarketWatch.com
and learn more about Healthyroads on their website, Healthyroads.com
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