So, you’ve decided to implement a new wellness program within your company. Congratulations! Now more than ever, prioritizing employee health can be the most beneficial thing your business can do for itself. Healthier employees report greater job satisfaction, take fewer sick days, and are more productive, all boons for your business. But you may find yourself wondering: what makes a wellness program worth the investment? How do you vet wellness programs?
Here are 6 questions to ask when considering what you want from your wellness program.
1. What Are Your Company’s Needs?
The first time you see a new doctor, it’s not uncommon to get a physical and have vital signs taken. This is done to get a general overview of your health and see if there are any immediate issues that need attending. Doing a similar analysis of your company can be a great way to establish your company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities for growth, and potential threats that may inhibit progress.
2. What Are Your Goals for the Future?
What are you seeking to gain from your experience with a wellness program? Are you looking to build a more inclusive and positive company culture? Maybe you’d like to prioritize stress reduction among your team. It’s less important what your goals are and more important that you have a crystal-clear vision of where you want to go. That way, when you’re ready to build your company wellness plan, you’ll know exactly what you’ll need to succeed.
Think of it like planning for a trip abroad. If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know what to pack? You definitely don’t want to bring shorts and t-shirts to a winter getaway in Siberia!
3. How Do You Want Employees to Access the Program?
Some programs require users to attend meetings, workshops, or one-on-one appointments. That might have been fine 40 or 50 years ago but our reality has changed drastically in recent years! Now, everything is done digitally. Our office has become the internet and our workspace is sometimes no bigger than what we can fit in our pocket. Don’t you think your wellness program should be just as easy and convenient to access as your email or Facebook?
4. How Do You Want to Track Results?
Obviously, there’s not much point in making changes if you can’t track those changes! How will you know what’s working or what needs to be improved? If your doctor suggests you lower your cholesterol, you don’t just fly blindly and hope for the best. You check back in regularly to see how you’re progressing.
Your program should track goal progression but it should also track utilization. After all, you may have the best wellness program in the world, but it won’t do you much good if your employees aren’t using it!
5. How Adaptable Should Your Program Be?
Because your company has a lot of moving parts, your wellness program should reflect that in how it functions. It should not be a one-size-fits-all program. No two employees are the same! Each individual worker has individual needs and your program should reflect that.
But your program should also be able to take a bird’s eye view of your company’s wellness as a whole. Each individual employee has their own unique needs but, ultimately, you’re all moving together toward the same goal of company-wide wellness.
6. How Much Is All of This Going to Cost?
Wellness programs can be expensive. Some require massive investments in nutrition counseling, life coaching, gym memberships, workshops and all kinds of other bells and whistles you might not need nor want. And with American businesses losing billions of dollars annually from rising employee turnover and increased sick days, you certainly don’t want to spend more money than you have to.
You care about your employees and you want to help them become their best selves. You’ve seen the research that wellness programs can benefit both your workers and your company. But you also don’t want to go bankrupt implementing one! Does an inexpensive but effective alternative exist? Yes, one does, and it’s Fabulous.
Fabulous for Work, specifically.
Wellness Programs for the Modern World
Fabulous for Work is designed to work with each of your employees to help them set—and meet—both personal and professional goals, with habit-forming techniques backed by the latest behavioral science. We also work with you to set company goals, track progress, and even set up a little friendly competition to keep things fun.
And what we do works. 80 percent of our users develop keystone habits, like exercising, within just 8 weeks of using the Fabulous app. And the likelihood of developing additional healthy habits goes up by 35 percent. Just imagine what that could mean for your company!