Although recruiting and retaining employees is a challenge that all businesses face, it may be even more difficult for SMBs due to smaller budgets and fewer resources. If you’re looking for a quick solution or a good place to start, consider implementing a wellness program for your employees.
Wellness is a proven effective tool for recruiting new talent, and an engaged, healthy, happy workforce is likely to stick around longer. Improved recruiting and retention, as well as reduced health care costs and absenteeism, can impact small businesses in big ways.
A human approach to recruiting
The unemployment rate is reaching a near-historic low, meaning there’s a new level of competition for skilled workers. Small and mid-sized companies are competing for the same talent as larger corporate businesses with bigger bankrolls. The good news for SMBs, however, is that prospective employees now value much more than just a salary offer when making decisions about where to work.
Benefits matter, and especially wellness benefits. MetLife's U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study reported that 61% of employees will be more likely to accept a job with a new employer who offers a wellness program. Prioritizing employee health and well-being demonstrates an investment in employees as human beings, rather than just another way to generate revenue.
Keep employees happy to keep business healthy
Employers of all sizes have found that boosting employee morale with wellness benefits is essential to attracting and retaining talent, as well as creating a more positive office atmosphere. A wellness program has transformed from a nice-to-have perk into a business imperative, thanks to its power to keep employees engaged and foster a company culture that increases productivity and lessens presenteeism.
Employees are placing more value on things like work-life balance, flexibility, and company culture. We’ve designed our MeYou Health wellness platform to boost all three of these factors in employee retention.
Aside from offering specific programs and daily health challenges that help employees manage work-life balance, implementing a wellness platform like MeYou Health demonstrates a company’s vested interest in employee health outside of work. It gives employees the opportunity to improve an area of health that matters to them outside of the office – weight management, physical activity, stress management, quitting smoking, etc. – so they will be healthier and more present in the office.
Ensuring a program is offered via web or mobile devices will give your employees the flexibility they need to fit health and wellness into their schedules. Making it easier for people to participate will increase engagement in the program, and in turn, engagement as an employee in your organization.
When it comes to company culture, making the effort to improve the health and well-being of your employees won’t go unnoticed. Don’t let the size of your company or allotment of resources be a reason to fall behind the employee wellness trend.
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