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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 Uganda suffer from work stress or a chronic health condition. This costs 35% productivity loss to Uganda companies. Employee wellness programs keep your employees healthy and productive, helping you reduce this productivity loss.
Top Employee Wellness Programs in Uganda
Employee wellness programs in Uganda 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 in Uganda. Lately, corporates in Uganda 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 Uganda:
Mental Health Counseling
Every second an employee in Uganda 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 in Uganda run employee counseling sessions.
Over 30% of employees in Uganda 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 Uganda 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 in Uganda. 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 in Uganda have started hypertension and diabetes reversal programs.
Women health (PCOS | Fertility)
Considering women make up nearly half of Uganda’s 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 Uganda. In its early history, telemedicine was a benefit primarily reserved for larger employers in Uganda. However, with recent cost reductions, telemedicine is now offered by small businesses/ startups in Uganda as well.
Nearly one out of four employees in Uganda could benefit from a tobacco cessation or de-addiction program. The adverse impact of tobacco use is so strong that employers in Uganda 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 in Uganda.
Meet MantraCare - Best employee wellness provider in Uganda
MantraCare is comprehensive and affordable, and fits the bill for both large and small businesses. With our 10+ employee wellness programs, MantraCare is the only corporate wellness benefit program you will ever need:
Physical therapy programs alleviate common pains such as back pain or neck, with help of online physical therapist.We provide different corporate exercise programs for your employees
MantraCare Employee Wellness Program Benefits
Most of our clients in Uganda 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.
IT Company, Uganda
FMCG Company, Uganda
Hospitality Company, Uganda
100+ Companies in Uganda Trust MantraCare
“We were at a loss due to the unproductivity of our employees. It was the need of the hour to have an employee Wellness program in our office in Uganda. It was well planned and conveyed everything to the employees that they wished for.”
Daniel, HR Head
IT Services Company, Uganda
MantraCare has its presence in major cities in Uganda
Top EAP providers or Corporate Wellness companies in Uganda
Uganda has hundreds of corporate wellness providers. Below is a list of some of the top employee wellness companies in Uganda:
Offers a comprehensive and affordable program with mental health, smoking cessation, diabetes reversal, physio therapy & more. Their plans start at $20 per employee for companies in Uganda.
A global player which offers Multi-Benefit Pass for Employee Benefits like Meal, Fuel, Health & Wellness, Telecom, L&D etc. on one Card & App
Becton, Dickinson and Company
In 2006, Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) and the International Council of Nurses (ICN) announced a multi-year initiative to provide health and wellness services to healthcare providers working on the front lines in several African nations.
Offers fitness and corporate wellness programs to help employees. They help companies in Uganda with office gyms & fitness equipment
Frequently Asked Question's
EAP or Employee Assistance Program is a scheme offered by companies in Uganda 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 Uganda 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 Uganda 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 Uganda, large companies (>1000 employees) spend over $200 per employee per month on employee wellness and health benefits. Smaller companies in Uganda, 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 Uganda 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 Uganda.