Wellness – A Necessity in Employee Benefits

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Landing one’s “dream job” isn’t always about the actual work. With the extensive amount of employee benefits available, many employers are refreshing their benefit packages to feature “work perks” that attract and retain top talent. While traditional benefits like health insurance and 401(k) contributions are still essential, additional offerings can help shape your workplace culture and promote the values of your organization.

While health insurance may help your employees when they’re sick, do you have a benefit in place at your organization to help them stay healthy? Many studies (such as the negative health risks of sitting and how computer screens can harm your vision) have shown that the traditional office setting is not a healthy environment. By incorporating a wellness program into your workplace, you give your employees a benefit that they care about. Employees who are healthy and happy are more productive.

As more and more millennials enter the workforce, having a wellness program will be a big draw to your company. Research shows that Millennials value wellness as a daily, active pursuit. They view health as more than being “not sick.” Millennials are exercising more, eating smarter and smoking less than previous generations. By providing them with a wellness program that includes initiatives that keep them moving, your younger workforce will stay happy and healthy.

There’s no “right way” to incorporate wellness into your organization. Wellness programs often look different between companies, which is a good thing! Wellness should be tailored and made relevant to your employees, not the other way around. Most companies choose to offer preventative services like biometric screenings and health education. Others choose to focus on specific issues like smoking cessation or physical activity. All are great options when building a program that is relevant to the needs of your workforce.

Some employers worry that wellness programs single out high-risk employees. A truly effective wellness program should include and motivate everyone, rather than pressuring, embarrassing or even bribing high-risk employees to improve their health. An all-inclusive approach should encompass more physical, mental and emotional health initiatives than a narrowly targeted program, with the ultimate goal of improving work/life satisfaction, physical and mental outlook for all employees.

Looking for a way to incorporate a wellness program into your workplace? Employee & Family Resources’ wellness program emphasizes balance and well-being across the physical, emotional, intellectual, social, environmental, spiritual, financial and occupational aspects of life. EFR’s Premier Wellness benefit helps organizations create and enhance a culture of wellness in the workplace. By electing this benefit, leaders in your organization will have access to high-level consulting with a wellness expert, turnkey wellness programs, and ongoing education for employees.

Contact EFR today to learn more!