When it comes to your small business wellness strategy, it’s easy to feel like a “total redo” is necessary to achieve desired results. But, not so fast! It’s possible that you have a strong foundation and, with a few tweaks, your people can benefit from a modernized wellness strategy, tailored to your small business. Tweaks might include new programs, new technology, or new vendors who understand your long-term goals.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself when examining your current wellness strategy in the new year:
Does your current strategy include social wellness?
Today’s employees are feeling more disconnected than ever. Your lonely employees may isolate themselves, feel less connected to the organization, and be distant and less approachable in both work-related and personal situations. This results in reduced productivity, mental health risks, and an increased likelihood of leaving their position or performing poorly.
The good news is that social wellness can be part of your overall wellness strategy. Think of social wellness as the glue to help improve the efficacy of currently-offered programs and an opportunity for your people to connect across departments.
Tip: Consider how your current offerings, such as smoking cessation, can benefit from social support. Foster ways of helping like-minded employees connect over common goals and be that connector!
Does your current strategy address specific wellness goals?
For some of your people, their number one goal might be weight loss. For others, 2019 is the year they hope to give up cigarettes for good. For employees with specific goals in mind, a generic wellness strategy might not do the trick. Help your people help themselves by providing access to resources to succeed.
Consider a wellness partner with a smoking cessation, or a weight loss program. Take inventory of the needs of your people and decide which programs are vital for your workforce. This way, you can help individuals in your organization achieve their personal wellness goals this year, with you to thank.
Tip: Find a wellness partner with specific offerings built-in to their services. This way, it’s always available for your people and tried-and-true programs are just a click away.
Does your current strategy address stress?
Regardless of your strategy, if your people are too stressed, they won’t be able to achieve any of their wellness goals. Stress is the ultimate barrier, and modern organizations know that mitigating stress is the first step to a healthy employee population.
According to the American Institute of Stress (AIS), 40% of employees said their job was very or extremely stressful, and 25% view their jobs as the primary stressor in their lives. It’s likely that not just some, but most of your people experience stress at work.
Tip: Make sure that your wellness strategy and wellness partners weave stress management and coping strategies into the big-picture. Stress management is far-reaching and can encompass sleep, physical activity, and financial health. Make sure to ask: “how are we going to help mitigate stress at our organization this year?”
These are just a few areas in which most early-stage wellness strategies can make little tweaks for incredible results. Remember, wellness programs are constantly in flux, and with the right analytics, employee feedback, and updates, you can help your people live healthier lives and bring their best to work each day.
Are you looking for a wellness partner that offers customized, digital-friendly programs to small businesses? See if MeYou Health is right for you.
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: