August is Employee Wellness month. Having healthy employees can lead to high productivity, low absenteeism, and a less stressful work environment. It's worthwhile to implement an employee wellness plans that encourages your employees to stay active and fit. Do you have an idea for new wellness programs but not sure how to implement it? Do you have an existing program but not sure how to measure the success of your wellness program? Every business should take advantage of the results that comes from employee wellness programs. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has developed useful steps to help you get started! The following quickly highlights some steps on how to get a program started:
Step 1: Take ownership and leadership and get support from the "top".
Step 2: Get support from everyone.
Step 3: Acknowledge current or informal activities and collect baseline data.
Step 4: Identify the key needs and expectations of the workplace.
Step 5: Develop a detailed plan.
Step 6: Put your plan into action.
Step 7: Monitor, evaluate and maintain the program
You can check out more useful tips by reading the full article. We also recommend taking small steps. Getting a Wellness Program started can be overwhelming better to implement small steps and measure your success then roll out a very elaborate program with no way to track engagement.
A critical piece to having a Wellness program is to track engagement. Step 7 of CCOHS's 7 step plan, "Monitor, evaluate and maintain the program" is an important one. Asking questions like is it working? Are your employees less stressed? Are your employees more productive? Is there an effective way to measure output? are great questions to measure the success of your program.
An effective way to get buy in from your executive to continue or start to support is measuring your financial results! The Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care (CASHC) has suggested that you can better plan future wellness programs by calculating their financial returns! The CASHC states that employers should invest in more workplace wellness program because they reduce costs caused of providing benefits, reducing absenteeism, and increasing productivity. All great reasons to invest in a Wellness Program!
Read more about calculating your investments from Canadian Alliance. Got a Wellness Program? Make sure to measure your success and share your positive outcomes!
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