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Handbook: Designing an Effective Employee Wellness Program

It isn’t a secret that healthier, happier team members are good for business. Employee wellness programs are on the rise, and many employers are finding that investing in their team’s health and wellness provides big returns in more ways than one.

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From World War II to present, wellness programs have been evolving and changing, and there’s a reason they’ve continued to increase in popularity. In fact, some researchers have gone beyond praising team wellness programs as simply something that’s nice to have. In a post for the Harvard Business Review Blog, Cortney Rowan and Karuna Harishanker stated that a previous positive post on the subject by their colleague, Rajiv Kumar, didn’t go far enough in its defense of wellness programs.

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“Not only are wellness programs valuable for the organization and their employees, as [Kumar’s] data states, they are our biggest hope for fixing a national health crisis,” they stated.

Certainly, healthy team members are more motivated, engaged, and productive. But beyond that, well-designed employee wellness programs can bring strong returns on investment in the form of lower health costs and reduced absenteeism.

However, the key phrase there is “well-designed.” Wellness programs are not a silver bullet: they need to be carefully designed, implemented, and maintained in a way that is tailored to the needs of a specific business. Otherwise, they may fail.

In this handbook, we’ll look at some important strategies for success when it comes to employee wellness programs. We’ll also cover some pitfalls to avoid and answer key questions about team wellness. What is a Health Risk Assessment? What kinds of returns on investment can a business expect? How do you measure the success of a program?

Finding the best team wellness strategy for your business involves diligent research as well as open communication with team members about their concerns and interests. Read about how to balance those two considerations when planning a program, what to look for when doing your research, and more.

Certainly, putting together a program that pleases everyone can be tricky and there’s no guarantee that team members will participate. However, following best practices will give you the strongest chance of success.

Interested in implementing an employee wellness program? Our handbook includes step-by-step guidelines for how to design a program that’s tailored to your company’s needs. From initial research to effective management, we list the steps for success.

We’ve also included a list of tools and ideas to help you get the juices flowing. From fitness contests and flexible hours to standing desks and tiny office trampolines, there’s something for every organization when it comes to finding ways to improve team health and morale.

Still not sure? Check out the handbook to learn some key stats on the returns employee wellness programs can bring: in one analysis, researchers observed an average return of $5.81 for every $1 spent by companies on team wellness!

Download Designing an Effective Employee Wellness Program to learn about …

  • How to encourage team member participation
  • Ways to research and design a program for maximum efficacy
  • Why the right wellness program can offer big returns

About the Author

Rachel Scott is a Marketing Strategist at PaySavvy. Her love of design and blogging lead her to a career path in content marketing. Rachel focuses on inbound demand generation through fresh and useful content. She enjoys fashion, photography and her dog Oliver.

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