Mental health and well-being is something that we do not talk about enough. However, businesses are starting to recognize that they need to do more to support their employees’ mental well-being. Because of this, we are seeing more and more workforces bring in wellness programs for their employees. With anything new, though, the difficult part is getting employees to participate in the first place. In this post, we are going to look at some of the different ways you can increase employee participation in wellness programs.
Design and implement your wellness program
There are a number of steps you need to take at the planning phase. It is a good idea to put a wellness committee in place that can oversee everything relating to your wellness programs so that they get the attention they deserve. You need to understand what sort of programs will be the most beneficial for your workforce. Employees need a comfortable and confidential environment so make sure the initiative promises confidentiality.
Make sure the program is easy to access
Access is imperative when it comes to increasing employee engagement levels in these wellness programs. Whether it is by phone, online, or on-site, you need to make sure that the wellness program that you put in place is accessible to workers as well as their families. If they are expensive or they are difficult to access because of their complex structure, this is only going to result in people not bothering to take advantage of them.
Continually measure success and make changes
Finally, you need to make sure that you continue to monitor the success of your wellness programs so that you can make the relevant changes. You will get a better understanding of what is working and what is not. You should also work on communicating the benefits of your program, as well as revealing success stories – with the person’s permission, of course. This can really help to increase engagement levels because people will see that the wellness program has worked for others and this will motivate them to get involved themselves.
To conclude, there is no denying that it can be difficult to get employees to participate in wellness programs. It can be very difficult for people to take that first step and get the help they need. They may recognize that these wellness programs would be helpful for them, but they may feel nervous, shy, and even embarrassed about taking the first step. If you follow the advice and suggestions that have been mentioned above, you can boost your chances of getting good participation when it comes to the wellness programs you have implemented at your business.
At Marketplace Chaplains we have experience in these areas and would love to help. If you would like more information on how our chaplain services would be a great addition to your employee wellness program, please contact us today at 1-800-775-7657