As an employer, you play a significant role in the health and wellness of your employees. By providing benefits and wellness programs that help to promote healthy lifestyles among your employees, you will find that their health improves and their morale is boosted. Additionally, healthier employees overall can help reduce your company’s insurance premiums.
There are many ways that you can encourage a healthy lifestyle for your employees. Here are a few of the things you can implement:
While many employers must provide health insurance to their employees in order to remain in compliance with the Affordable Care Act, it’s something every employer should consider. By providing a quality health insurance plan, your employees will have access to preventive health care as well as specialized health care when needed. Good health benefits can not only entice top talent to your organization, but can also help to reduce the number of employee sick days.
If your employees sit at the computer to work frequently throughout the day, or have an otherwise sedentary job, it may be beneficial to explore the possibility of hosting activity challenges that encourage movement and exercise. For example, you may want to give employees a free pedometer (they are relatively inexpensive to purchase and you may be able to get a bulk discount) and offer prizes to employees who walk the most steps in a week or a month.
Healthy Snack options
If your office offers snacks to your employees, consider offering high quality, healthy options. Eliminate or reduce the number of high calorie, sugar-filled snacks and drinks that employees have access to and replace them with lower calorie, low sugar, and even low sodium options. You may even want to consider purchasing a refrigerator if your office doesn’t already have one that can hold fresh cut fruits and vegetables and will encourage employees to bring their lunch instead of eating out.
Many employers are able to obtain a group discount for a gym membership and can pass that discount along to employees. Having access to a discounted gym membership can encourage your staff to join, providing them the opportunity to incorporate exercise into their lifestyles more easily.
Flexibility in the Workplace
If possible, consider including flexibility in your work environment. Employee health is more than just physical, and employees that feel as though they have a good work/life balance tend to be more effective on the job and stay with a company longer. Consider offering employees paid time off, flexible hours, and even work from home options if the nature of your work will allow it.
There are numerous ways you can incorporate health and wellness into your employee benefits package. Taking an active role in the wellness of your employees can not only lead to better health and reduced costs, it can also make employees feel valued.
Contact Insight Performance today to learn more about different ways you can implement health and wellness benefits in the workplace.