It’s no secret that having happy, healthy employees significantly increases a company’s productivity while simultaneously reducing turnover. That’s why many organizations have created employee wellness plans to keep their team members as safe, happy, and engaged as possible. Does your company have a corporate wellness plan in place? At U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group, we work with countless companies on strategies to maintain employee well-being, and whether your company has a formal plan or not, here are some tips for making employee wellness a priority.
- Create a comprehensive safety program. Not all workplaces are equally dangerous, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look into identifying and eliminating as many potential hazards as possible. Good safety programs should educate employees about how to prevent injuries and what to do when someone gets hurt. The good news? You don’t have to do this alone. At U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group, we offer tools to help you educate your staff about the best safety practices, and can conduct inspections / tours of your workplace to identify potential hazards, give ergonomics advice, and provide other tips for preventing injuries.
- Encourage good nutrition. Many people have terrible diets because they don’t know better. Some companies are helping their team members overcome bad habits by offering educational materials aimed at teaching how to eat healthy. Some organizations with in-house cafeterias have also stopped serving unhealthy foods. Confused about what your employees should eat? Our nutritionists can give you tips on how to improve your cafeteria or snack area.
- Promote regular exercise. Daily exercise has been shown to decrease stress, promote weight loss, and improve self-esteem. That’s why many companies have started offering reduced insurance rates if you meet certain exercise or health goals, subsidizing employee gym memberships, and offering exercise classes as a perk. Looking for exercise recommendations? All of our clinics have specialists who are happy to help you customize a good exercise plan for everyone on your team.
- Help your team quit smoking. Most companies have had non-smoking workplaces for decades. With 17% of adults in the United States still smoking, it’s important to give your employees the tools they need to quit. Some companies have experimented with providing extra time off to non-smokers, while others offer lower insurance rates for non-smokers.
- Manage company-wide stress. Stress is a major concern for almost all workplaces. Employees suffering with stress, anxiety, and more are less productive, less happy, and often feel like their professional and personal lives are out of balance. To combat this, some organizations offer yoga classes, in-house massages, telecommuting, and many other perks to help their employees deal with stress in a healthy way. At U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group, we have extensive experience helping people manage stress. Not sure where to start? Give us a call today.
- Take sexual harassment seriously. Unfortunately, sexual harassment exists in almost every industry. Make sure your company has a program in place to deal with sexual abuse and harassment. At U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group, we have a zero tolerance policy for sexual abuse or harassment in our clinics and offices. We act on allegations of impropriety immediately and will take the necessary steps to right any identified wrongs.
- Get your employees vaccinated. Influenza, among other diseases, is responsible for devastating productivity losses at thousands of companies every year. To combat this, many organizations pay for their employees to get flu shots and other vaccinations, such as Hepatitis B, every year. U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group offers flu shots at each of our clinics, or can vaccinate your employees on-site at your company. Contact us to schedule a flu vaccination day.
- Have your employees evaluated for health risks. Whether it’s your CEO or an intern, it’s important to help all of your employees stay healthy. At U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group, we’re happy to come to your workplace to provide basic medical tests for diabetes, high cholesterol, poor vision, and more. For your high level executives, consider offering them a comprehensive executive physical.
Is there any reason why a company wouldn’t have an employee wellness program in place? Some companies think it’s too expensive. While it does cost money to promote and maintain your employees’ health, the truth is that doing so will pay quantifiable dividends. Keeping your employees happy and healthy helps increase retention, thus reducing the need to train new people. Healthier employees also miss less work because they aren’t sick as often. Strong employee wellness programs can also help attract desirable talent for open roles. Finally, healthy employees are typically more engaged at work, meaning increased productivity and a happier workplace for everyone.
Need help setting up an employee wellness plan for your company? Give us a call today.