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.
#1 You Need to Know Where Employees Stand
Isn’t it amazing that sometimes the best way to find out what will work best for your people is to simply...ask them? What makes them tick? What are their health priorities? The new year is a great time to ask because people are reflecting on their fitness journey over the previous year and are thinking of ways they would like to improve the following year.
At MeYou Health, this is built right into our software and we begin every client’s journey with a quick health survey to help them navigate the 50+ program options that are most valuable to each employee individually.
#2 Look for Personalized Health Recommendations
Top employee wellness programs are not one size fits all. Everyone is different, both in their physical and mental health needs and also where they currently are in their wellness journey. The best employee health programs know this and proactively provide recommendations to each employee that feel customized and relevant to their needs.
See how MeYou Health members used Walkadoo, a personalized activity tracker to seamlessly integrate more activity into their daily lives.
#3 In Addition to Nutrition and Exercise, Which Additional Health Concerns Are Addressed?
Top corporate wellness programs know that wellness is holistic, and about more than simply steps and nutrition (although both are very important!). For instance, in order for someone to reach their fitness goals, they might need to quit their “pack a day” habit first. Make sure that any potential wellness program you consider sees the whole person and is able to prioritize their needs with multiple options.
MeYou Health offers over 50 programs for members. Read how Tammy, a MeYou Health member, used QuitNet (a smoking cessation program) to kick cigarettes to the curb for good.
#4 Does the Program Understand Behavior Change?
Multiple programs and offerings are amazing, but it all comes down to behavior change. Top corporate wellness programs produce original research and understand the psychological principles at play when it comes to long-lasting behavior change. This way, your people will not only choose a new path, but feel supported in changing their lives forever.
At MeYou Health we know that long-lasting behavior change and motivation lies in social support. Read our clinical research on how we incorporate therapeutic community building with accountability to help your people build long-term habits.
#5 Look for Accountability
Top corporate wellness programs are, above all, accountable for their own results. They aren’t afraid to measure their own product, because they want to make it better. Look for a wellness program that dives deep into their own data, shares the results with transparency, and takes action to consistently improve their product offering. After all, employee wellness is an evolving field, and must adapt as employees change and also keep up with technology.
At MeYou Health we submit research to scholarly peer-reviewed research journals and examine the results and impact of our programs using academic methodological approaches. Learn more about how we evaluated our program, Daily Challenge in a randomized control trial in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
These are just a few factors to keep in mind when looking for a top corporate wellness program that’s right for your business. Are there other factors that have been helpful in your search? We’d love to hear about them! Tweet us at @meyouhealth!