As an HR leader, you know the many benefits of employee wellbeing, benefits that you see day in and day out in your role. Unfortunately, gaining executive buy-in for an employee wellbeing offering involves convincing and proving to team members outside of Human Resources that wellbeing is not only good for your people, but also good for your business. This can be even more difficult at a small company where benefits must be closely examined for affordability.
Finding the best corporate wellness companies, with goals that align with your organization’s needs, can be challenging for a small business. On one level - who has the time? While finding a corporate wellness solution is important, small businesses often do not have the resources nor the bandwidth to conduct a formal RFP process. Further still, potential vendors are not as willing to entertain a long lead-time for companies they consider to be on the smaller end of the client scale.
What’s a small business to do? Our advice? Get organized.
For small businesses, choosing a corporate wellness program is a big deal, just like any financial investment. It needs to work, and it needs to be best-in-class. But with today’s changing wellness landscape, what does that mean, and what does it look like in practice? We’ve asked our internal experts and researchers what small businesses should be looking for when it comes to top corporate wellness programs.
And, while we’re biased that our own offering is a great option, these tips stand as general principles for HR leaders and decision-makers when it comes time to find the best corporate wellness program for their organization.
Thinking of employee wellness ideas can be overwhelming - and it’s not one-size-fits-all. Employee wellness differs depending on the size of your organization. A large organization might have a full-sized cafeteria that can be catered towards healthy options whereas a smaller organization may seek to help employees make better choices on their own. With a little creativity and a strong strategy, you’ll find that employee wellness ideas for small businesses are not only bountiful, but often free to implement.
Here are a few of our favorites…
Corporate wellness programs can feel untouchable or irrelevant if you’re not at a colossal organization. After all, most of us aren't managing the well-being of 1,000+ employees. But the truth is, corporate wellness programs, and the results incurred from successfully implementing them, matter even more for small businesses.
Why? Because with smaller budgets and a bigger strain to pay for healthcare costs, having happy healthy employees is paramount. Lower healthcare costs are not just beneficial for the employee, but also the employer. When you’re a smaller organization, it all adds up.
At MeYou Health, we know wellness encompasses more than just diet and exercise. Being healthy, in all senses of the word, means taking the time to assess and improve emotional and mental health, too. While our employee wellness platform has always spanned every area of well-being, our brand-new Daily Challenge programs (also known as "tracks") give members specific, proven strategies for dealing with stress, depression, alcohol abuse, and tobacco addiction.
Employee wellness is on the rise, and so is our dependence on technology in everyday life. If you want your company’s wellness program to create real, lasting health behavior change for employees, try making it digital. That includes making it available online or via mobile app, encouraging social connection, tracking program data, and more.
Here are five reasons why employees will benefit from a digital wellness program.
By Trapper Markelz, CEO
The MeYou Health wellness program consists of a few different components:
The main difference between MeYou Health software and a wellness program through your insurance carrier is that a carrier’s program is specifically designed to check boxes that ensure compliance with NCQA standards. MeYou Health’s wellness program was designed to help employees make meaningful health changes and help small businesses retain staff, decrease absenteeism, and improve morale.