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What is an Employee Wellness Program?
Employee wellness programs, also referred to as worksite wellness programs or employee well-being programs refer to a collection of initiatives within an organization to promote healthy lifestyles among employees.
A recent survey reveals that over 70% of employees in globally suffer from work stress or a chronic health condition. This costs 35% productivity loss to companies. Employee wellness programs keep your employees healthy and productive, helping you reduce this productivity loss.
Top Employee Wellness Programs
Employee wellness programs typically focus on 2 key dimensions: Employee mental and physical health. Mental health or Employee assistance programs have been the primary focus area for most companies. Lately, corporates have started signing up for physical wellness programs as well. Physical health or wellness programs typically include activities such as chronic disease management, nutrition counseling, smoking cessation, etc. Below is a list of some of the top wellness programs run by businesses in World:
Mental Health Counseling
Every second an employee is experiencing Chronic Stress. Therapy or counseling improves employee well-being by reducing stress and anxiety, developing more mindfulness, and promoting better sleep. There are multiple mental health or employee assistance (EAP) programs that help companies run employee counseling sessions.
Over 30% of employees experience some form of physical pain such as back pain or neck pain. Companies offer Physical therapy programs where a personal online physio is assigned to the employee. Workers can take physiotherapy sessions using office breaks or at home.
Yoga or Fitness Classes
Many companies are looking to encourage Yoga or fitness during the workday. As such, fitness classes are a versatile tool that can address physical, mental, and social well-being. Fitness classes do not necessarily need to be limited to physical fitness. Guided meditation sessions are great ways to improve well-being and manage stress.
Chronic disease management
Chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension affect over 25% of all workforce. Both diabetes and hypertension are lifestyle disorders and can be cured via positive changes in diet and exercise routine. Given their significant impact on employee productivity and wellbeing, several companies have started hypertension and diabetes reversal programs.
Women health (PCOS | Fertility)
Considering women make up nearly half of corporate workforce, it’s important for employers to focus on women’s health issues. Companies today offer several women-centric health programs such as PCOS & fertility treatment.
With the promise of controlling costs with more online affordable visits, telemedicine has surged over the last decade. In its early history, telemedicine was a benefit primarily reserved for larger employers in World. However, with recent cost reductions, telemedicine is now offered by small businesses/ startups in World as well.
Nearly one out of four employees could benefit from a tobacco cessation or de-addiction program. The adverse impact of tobacco use is so strong that employers continue to see financial and non-financial reasons to pursue cessation programs.
Weight management programs specifically focus on helping employees achieve a healthy weight. With a primary focus on exercise and nutrition, weight management programs hope to reduce the health risks of employees.
MantraCare Employee Wellness Program Benefits
Most of our clients in World achieved a positive ROI on their employee health investment. We helped them make healthier and happier workplaces, leading to improved employee productivity, improved employee morale, lower absenteeism & higher retention.
“Individuals from divisions across the organization have expressed how much the substance on MantraCare has assisted them with handling recent developments, work on their rest, and even assist with keeping their children on target! On the regulatory side, our MantraCare reps are astonishing at noting our interminable bog of inquiries and ensuring that the application is set up to prevail for our groups. MantraCare has been a necessary piece of our pandemic reaction, and will keep on being a stunning advantage for our colleagues pushing ahead!”
Kevin, Vice President HR
Global IT Services Company
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Frequently Asked Question's
EAP or Employee Assistance Program is a scheme offered by companies in World to help workers with personal problems, such as personal or work-related issues. EAP programs typically offer employees free access to assessments and counseling.
EAPs in World are focused primarily on mental health and stress issues, which are solved using counseling. Employee wellness programs, however, take a broader approach and address mental health, physical health as well as lifestyle issues.
Several companies in World have a dedicated member in the HR team who looks after employee assessment and support. Following steps are following in designing a wellness program:
- Step 1: Conduct Assessments.
- Step 2: Get Management Support.
- Step 3: Build a Wellness Committee.
- Step 4: Promote Goals and Objectives.
- Step 5: Establish a Budget.
- Step 6: Select Wellness Program Incentives or Rewards. …
- Step 8: Communicate the Wellness Plan.
Based on a poll with different companies in World, large companies (>1000 employees) spend over $200 per employee per month on employee wellness and health benefits. Smaller companies in World, on the other hand, spend around $60 per employee per month.
The wellbeing of your employees ultimately affects your workplace and business performance. Following are some of the costs that a typical large company in World may incur due to wellness and health issues (based on Mercer data):
High Turnover: Employee attrition costs 90%–200% of a departing employee’s salary
High Absenteeism: 78% of employees miss work due to mental health concerns
Lost Productivity: Productivity losses linked to absenteeism & turnover cost ~$2,000 per employee.
Comparing this $2,000 loss with the $200 wellness spend per employee, the ROI seems to be great for employers in World.