The worksite organizational culture and environment are powerful influences on behavior and this needs to be put to use as a means of assisting employees to adopt a healthier lifestyle. There are numerous benefits of worksite wellness programs. Worksites are crucial to improving the health of their workers. Benefits of worksite wellness programs for employees include: Weight reduction, improved physical fitness, increased stamina, lower levels of stress, increased well-being, self-image and self-esteem. The bottom line of such programs is this: healthy employees tend to be happier and more productive employees.
The benefits for employers are also obvious. They provide the company with strategic advantages by investing money in a program that will hopefully bring them lowered expenses in return, often in the form of better performing workers, and lower absenteeism and health care costs. Employees are the most valuable assets to any company. By providing workers with these services, companies are improving wellbeing and job satisfaction, as well as raising retention rates. The welfare of employees has a direct impact on the success of the company.
Another great benefit of wellness programs is a built sense of friendship with the co-workers. We will have a chance to experience activities with them that aren’t related to work, whether in a walking club or sports team, by having lunch together, or by going to the gym. Social support is a very important part of weight loss and getting fit.
For all of these reasons, I suggest an employee wellness benefit program with 3 branches to help increase employee satisfaction: physical fitness, stop smoking and weight loss.
1. Physical fitness wellness program may include employer-paid gym memberships.
2. Employer smoking cessation programs can help workers stop smoking by covering the costs of treatment plans. Other parts of the program can include strict company policies on areas where smoking is prohibited at work. Developing and distributing educational materials can also be a part of a smoking cessation program.
3. To encourage workers to eat healthy foods and lose and maintain a healthy weight, we can develop a multi-faceted weight loss wellness program. The program may require the company to only place healthy foods and snacks in the cafeterias and vending machines. Employees who participate in the program can also get their weight, blood pressure and body mass index measured once a month or quarter by licensed nurses affiliated with the program. Licensed physicians and weight loss experts can also visit the offices that have a weight loss wellness program and speak to the employees about the importance of maintaining a healthy weight, calories and fat in certain foods and easy, healthy ways to lose weight.