How a Wellness Program Can Help Employee Engagement
Monday, July 8, 2019
Posted by: Gary Hotze
Joe Spallina, VP Employee Benefits, Assurance
Did you know? 51% of employees aren’t engaged at work, and an additional 16% feel “actively disengaged,” according to a 2017 article from CBS News.
In English, this means that more than half of the American workforce finds no real purpose in their work and do the bare minimum to get through the day. And that additional 16%? They actually resent their jobs, griping to their colleagues and bringing down office morale.
Creating a culture that promotes “why” individuals show up to work is more important than the “what” of the job task. Simon Sinek clearly describes this human need in his book, Start with Why.
At Assurance, we pride ourselves with the number of awards we receive for being a “best place to work.” All employees know what our purpose is: Minimizing risk. Maximizing health.
We live this mission statement out by providing things such as American Red Cross employee training on CPR/First Aid/AED and a robust wellness program, and the results show. An overwhelming majority of our team members feel engaged with their jobs and understand the company’s greater purpose.
When it comes to wellness programs, the critical question is, “What is the return on investment (ROI) for implementing a wellness program?”
Wellness programs can be used to drive down medical cost if properly focused on chronic condition management such as diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. This strategy coupled with pharmaceutic coaching has shown to demonstrate a strong ROI.
Wellness programs also create a sense of caring, not just about productivity levels, but about overall well-being. According to Dr. Steve Aldana (September 12, 2016), the value on investment (VOI) impacts qualitative areas such as employee morale, job satisfaction, talent attraction/retention, improved comradery, and reduced absenteeism.
Looking to get started with a wellness program? Here are a few of the most popular, effective wellness strategies and ideas:
1) Implement biometric screening
2) Incentivize wellness participation through insurance premium reductions
3) Provide voluntary health coaching
4) Provide voluntary pharmacy coaching
5) Have fun!
If you’re looking for some guidance on starting a wellness program, I’m happy to help you get started!