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Workplace Wellness Programs and Their Impact On Employee Engagement and Retention

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Workplace wellness is the overall health, happiness, and well-being of employees in a work environment. It encompasses physical health, mental health, emotional well-being, work-life balance, and social connections at the workplace. Improving workplace wellness can lead to increased productivity, higher employee satisfaction, reduced absenteeism, and improved morale. In this blog, learn some ways to improve workplace wellness.

Why Is Wellness Important In The Workplace?

The benefits of a wellness program go beyond the health benefits for employees. According to an article on LinkedIn, “research has shown that employees who experience positive levels of well-being are more engaged in their work and more productive overall. This is because they are more likely to feel motivated and energized, which can lead to higher levels of performance.”

Businesses that invest in corporate wellness programs also see their return on investment (ROI) because “ninety percent of companies that measure their wellness programs see a positive return - the same number that see positive returns from their other benefits.” Here are some ways that offering a corporate wellness program helps employees:

  • Increases Productivity 
  • Improves Company Culture
  • Improves Employee Retention
  • Reduces Absenteeism
  • Increases Employee Retention
  • Lowers Healthcare Costs

Why Employee Wellness Programs Are Something Businesses Should Offer

According to an Oracle survey, 88% of people say since the pandemic, the meaning of success has changed for them. In this group, 42% say work-life balance is important, 37% say mental health is important and 33% say workplace flexibility is important. A corporate wellness program should be a big company initiative, if it's not already one. Transforming your organization's culture to one that values and prioritizes employee well-being is very important to keep top talent, retain talent, and foster a healthy working environment. 

How Do You Create A Wellness Culture?

  • Listen To What Employees Want and Need?Reach out to your team and see what comments or concerns they might have. Schedule regular check-ins with them to make sure they know their input is valued.
  • Top Down Approach?Leaders must lead by example by championing wellness programs and participating in them.
  • Transparency and Inclusivity?Make health and wellness a topic of open and supportive conversation. Ensure that all employees feel included in the program.
  • Consistent Communication?Regularly update employees on the value and benefits of wellness program and encourage feedback what employees like and what can be improved upon.

How You Can Assess Wellness Programs

To ensure your workplace wellness programs are effective, you need to measure their impact. Ways to measure their effectiveness are:

  • Participation Rates?How many employees are engaging with wellness programs and activities?
  • Employee Satisfaction and Engagement Surveys?Do employees perceive the wellness program positively? Are they finding value in the program?

By adopting a corporate wellness program, you can be a company that top talent wants to work for, get positive employee reviews, retain employees, and know that you're contributing to their overall well-being. Contact Passport to learn how we can customize a corporate wellness program that fits within your organization's values and culture.