In this line of work, we've seen some amazing examples of workplace wellness done right. Unfortunately, we've also seen some pretty bad choices.
Check out some of the worst advice we've heard about corporate wellness programs.
4 Pieces of Bad Advice About Workplace Wellness
1. Focus only on the most unhealthy employees
It makes sense to make sure high-risk workers get some attention. But don't let that mean other employees are left behind.
Everyone can benefit from a regular workout regimen, healthy cooking classes, and regular wellness checkups. Squeaky wheels should certainly get the grease, but make sure all the other parts are addressed as well.
2. Make information available only to those who ask
Assuming everyone knows about your new programs is a bad move. Get a good marketing plan in place and market the program internally just like you'd promote a company party.
Let employees know where to go for more information. Putting on a regular health fair is a great start.
3. Don't worry if a new health program doesn't fit your culture -- because wellness is important
Like any corporate initiative, if there isn't employee buy-in, it won't stick.
Maybe your culture isn't the type to get involved with a mud run, or a costumed team race. Don't try to force it. You'll either end up with no involvement, or forced involvement which is no fun for anyone.
Ask your employees what kinds of events or programs they are interested in, instead of implementing something and just hoping someone will get involved.
4. Provide a one-size-fits all program
Tailor your program to fit many needs of your employees. Instead of starting a program some wellness expert recommends, turn to your employees. They will be able to tell you what kinds of programs they'll be most likely to use.
And because your team of workers are all unique, make sure there are options that will work for everyone.