Outside of the potential of a wellness tax credit being offered, how does an employee wellness program save me money as an organization?
Based on extensive evidence from a wide range of sources, effective employee wellness programs can be expected to save you money in not only health care and disability costs, but also sick time, retention and “softer” figures around presenteeism, energy levels and overall teamwork. So even in the absence of any wellness tax credit, your organization will still save considerable dollars long term. For details around the ROI of an effective employee wellness program, please see our White Paper.
I’ve read about a lot of different wellness program options for our company. Are they all the same?
Absolutely not. Wellness programs come in all shapes, sizes and varieties. Some are more generic, with a focus on passive alternatives. Others are personalized to each individual member of your organization, which not only improves the opportunity for individual behavior modification and improvements, but also helps build a true culture of wellness within your organization. Be sure to do your homework carefully to determine the best fit for your organization.
What if we have employees spread across multiple locations – or even multiple states? Is it possible to initiate an effective wellness program for this type of setting?
Yes – while there are certain advantages to a single-site location, an smartly developed wellness program will be able to meet the needs and goals of employees of an employer with multiple locations, regardless of the number of people at each site and the geographic spread of the locations. In fact, an effective program can even enhance communication and teamwork across such an organization at the same time health and wellness efforts are being developed.
There’s so much information about health and wellness available these days. Where do I start?
You do have many options available to you, which is a positive, but can also become somewhat overwhelming. Begin by reaching out to 2-3 different providers to get a sense of what they provide. Obviously, as the sponsor of this site, we’d love to be considered (www.USCorporateWellness.com), but there are many providers available to review various models with you. Interview some of their clients to see what they say (both the decision-makers and the actual participants). Ask if you can “test-drive” the model with a couple of sample participants to see if it’s really as good as advertised.