'Employee wellness program' is something of a buzz-phrase at the moment. Research from the World Health Organisation and countless other authorities says that when effectively implemented, the right approach could cause productivity to skyrocket. However, information on how to implement your own employee wellness program can be hard to come by.
Here at HICA, we know a thing or two about improving the health of your employees as one of the country's leading providers of corporate health insurance. We've put that knowledge to work to help you better understand the basics of rolling out your own employee wellness program.
Making organisational changes that help employees be healthy
'Work Safe, Work Well' is an employee health initiative that was piloted by the Perth branch of Comcare. The majority of employees who participated experienced positive effects, including 56.1 per cent who reported improved concentration at work as a result.
Following the footsteps of this successful program is a great place to start. Recommended actions and culture changes include:
- An assessment of each employee to determine health concerns.
- A workplace audit to identify barriers and enablers to better employee health.
- Increasing opportunities for staff to exercise at work.
- Increased facilities to enable staff to be healthy and active at work, such as showers and bike racks.
Areas of your employee wellness program to focus on
Start by making the most of state government initiatives and setting up a tailored corporate health insurance plan.
The best way to start making changes in your organisation is with the financial and administrative help of your state government. Most states include initiatives to get employees started, but we'll use the Victorian WorkHealth program as an example.
This includes lifestyle coaching for employees at risk of coronary disease, as well as health checks for one in four workers in the state.
The excellent results of this initiative prove that low-cost, convenient actions can be extremely effective in improving your workforce's general wellbeing. But where to start?
The central role corporate health insurance plays in employee wellness
The process of rolling out your own employee wellness program needn't be difficult. Start by making the most of state government initiatives and setting up a tailored corporate health insurance plan to make sure your employees have access to the care they need.
To get started, get in touch with an expert insurance advisor at HICA today. We can tailor a plan to your business and your employees' specific needs so that you get the maximum possible return on investment.