Industry Spotlight: When Wellness Programs Become Overwhelming
If you launch a wellness program at your workplace, but nobody is ready to participate, does it make an impact?
This question sounds a lot like the philosophical tree-in-a-forest. Simply put, the answer is no. Workplace wellness programs rely on participation. That’s why our team is invested in making programs accessible and valuable for all employees.
A huge part of that effort is avoiding a common pitfall: the overwhelming wellness program.
Wellness programs that flood people with advice, or try to revamp their daily routines into something unrecognizable or unsustainable, aren’t doing employees any favors. After all, we’re in the business of reducing your stress—not adding to it.
As this MedCityNews piece puts it, when it comes to corporate wellness programs:
From our commitment to stress-free scheduling for biometric screening appointments, to health coaching that genuinely focuses on practical advice, we’re in the business of making wellness a manageable and approachable experience.
Implementing cutting-edge technology, focusing on strong communication, and remembering to make programs engaging (and yes—fun!) are all a part of our philosophy.
Making wellness programs welcoming and effective is important all year long. But as we hurdle through the holiday season, we’re extra mindful that tips about holiday eating, exercise advice, and new things to fit into your schedule can feel oppressive given everything else on your to-do list. That’s why we encourage employers to build a lasting culture of health—one that includes a support system, a spotlight on mental health, and a focus on how mental and physical health feed one another (here’s one concrete example!).
What are some of your ideas for making sure wellness programs help your workplace—not overwhelm it?