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.
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