Employees are an organization's greatest asset, and employee well-being is critical to the organization's productivity and continued success. An effective Wellness Program encourages health promotion and improves employees’ quality of life.
In general terms, a comprehensive wellness program includes diet/weight management, tobacco cessation, fitness and exercise. Beyond that, the "Business Roundtable," which includes CEOs from 160 of America's largest companies, suggests following these trends for an effective wellness strategy:
- Create a culture of wellness within the company. Along with integrating wellness with other corporate initiatives, explore more effective ways to communicate health care consumerism, benefits and wellness. Make wellness opportunities available and accessible across the employee population, increase employee participation and ownership, and build management accountability for the health goals of the organization.
- Focus on the health of each employee. Target health risks, offer customized interventions, and empower employees to manage their own health and wellness.
- Build the business case for wellness. Business Roundtable's member companies are tracking costs and return on investment (ROI), working with vendors to measure ROI, and developing other measures of wellness program effectiveness.