Corporate Wellness: Top 5 Ways to Promote It

Corporate Wellness in the Philippines

360 Corporate Wellness also offers team alignment or team building sessions for companies, which incorporate fitness activities with team learning.

Corporate wellness programs aim to address problems the working population in the Philippines currently face. There is actually a segment of the working population called Generation O ( Overweight, Overworked and Overstressed).[1] This is partly due to employees becoming more and more sedentary, chained to their desks for most of their waking hours.

Thus, health risks such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other chronic illnesses are now affecting even younger employees. With the rise in these common workplace issues comes with higher healthcare costs. All employers understand that prevention is always better than cure. This is why a plan of action needs to take place.

Investing in corporate wellness programs for employees can lower healthcare costs and more importantly, boost overall employee productivity. Employers know that wellness programs can help increase employee engagement, energy and morale in the workplace.  These intangibles greatly affect employee’s buy-in to the company, buy-in to his or her role, and boosts overall productivity, in the end contributing improvements in bottom line.[2]

The problem with coming up with a corporate wellness program is that employers usually do not know where to start. They understand the need for designing a program, however employers struggle at execution, engagement and sustainability.

Here are five ways that can help you in promoting corporate wellness and increasing employee productivity in your company.

1. Create a survey before starting any corporate wellness program.

Find out what your employees want to experience or learn about. It may be group exercise classes, gym membership discounts, outdoor teambuilding fitness activities or education on nutrition. It is important that before you implement a program, you know what your employees’ interests and needs are.

2. Invest in fitness or nutrition talks or workshops.

Focus on education first before implementing activities. By investing in talks and workshops, you can give your employees a platform to understand the benefits of exercise, nutrition and healthy living, creating awareness and their buy in to programs which will be implemented.

3. Have regular fitness classes and activities.

Help your employees build the fitness habit by holding regular activities that are suitable for everyone. By giving them options and different activities, you can target a larger group of people for your corporate wellness program. Whether it be a mind body workout like yoga or a more intense circuit training, make sure options are available for them which they can join consistently.

4. Come up with a fitness program theme or fitness team challenges.

You might need to have a theme or a goal-oriented program in order to retain employee engagement. If you offer monotonous programs or the same thing every month, you might lose the interest of your employees. Keep them interested in the wellness activities by offering inter-department fitness olympics, fitness relays and commit to be fit programs, for example.

5. Monitor fitness progress.

Let your employees know that you care about their health and well-being by monitoring their progress and improvement. By tracking their results, they will also be more motivated to get involved in fitness activities and it will also encourage accountability. It is important that you always encourage wellness throughout the workplace so that employees will stay motivated.

When you look after your employees’ health and well-being, you are also taking care of your bottom line. Healthy and happy employees create a more fun, energetic and productive workplace.

For corporate wellness programs such as: 1) various group exercise classes in your workplace 2)workshops/talks on nutrition, ergonomics, fitness at the office, fitness consultations 3)customized programs such as fitness olympics and relays, fitness teambuildings, commit to be fit challenges, and more, please visit: https://www.completethecircuit.com/360-corporate-wellness-programs/

[1]https://www.behindrollingchair.com/sun-life/new-research-from-the-sun-life-asia-health-index-2015/

[2]https://www.hermanmiller.com/research/topics/all-topics/increase-wellness-to-increase-your-bottom-line.html