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Wellness Programs on a Shoestring: 3 Simple Steps

Posted by Leah Evert on 10.25.2017

While many of our clients are large companies looking to make a sizeable impact on the health of their employees, we know that small businesses also want to provide opportunities for wellbeing at their workplaces. Outside of biometrics and incentives, employees with access to a wellness program report being happier with their employer and are often more engaged at work. While full-scale programs can be bigger investments, you can create a culture of health by taking some simple steps that make a real impact at work at a fraction of the cost.

1. Provide a consistent message of health and wellbeing.

Utilizing a reputable source, provide monthly flyers and weekly emails with small but impactful health tidbits your employees can digest easily. For help with topics, utilize the National Health Observances calendar to provide timely health education throughout the year.

2. Engage your employees with healthy competition.

Year after year, our clients continue to site our campaigns as their favorite part of their wellness programs. Challenge your employees to walk more, sit less, eat healthier, drink more water or start a meditation practice. When your employees are tasked with a public challenge, workplace communities naturally develop to support the new, healthy behaviors.

3. Invest in their health with tangibles.

Provide healthy snacks during busy times, host a mindfulness session, sponsor an on-site yoga class or supply a treadmill desk station. Employees are receptive to programs that provide them with a direct benefit to their workday.

Need a jumpstart? Our WellWork Kit comes with turn-key communications, challenges and a comprehensive toolkit to help bring wellness to life at any organization. Contact us today to learn more.

Leah is a Senior Director of Business Development at WCS and has over 10 years of experience in employee health and wellness strategy. She is also a Registered Dietitian and Certified Exercise Physiologist.

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