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What is a Corporate Wellness programme?

Corporate Wellness programmes are drawn up and implemented by businesses keen to look after the health and wellbeing of their workforce. The idea behind them is simple: by creating a proactive and structured way of addressing wellbeing issues, employees are likely to be happier, healthier, more productive and less likely to require sick leave.

As the saying goes: “Prevention is better than cure.”

Wellbeing can’t be guaranteed by a single perk, technique or tool. It requires a holistic approach. This is exactly what Corporate Wellness seeks to provide and, therefore, can be as comprehensive as the budget allows.

Counselling sessions, healthy food offerings and gym memberships are just a few examples of what might be including in a company wellbeing programme.

Schemes can be set up and managed internally or provided by an external Corporate Wellness service provider. Either way, it’s useful to get independent advice from industry experts before making an investment.

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What’s included in a Corporate Wellness programme?

Wellness programmes can be as simple or as wide ranging as your budget allows. As mentioned above, such schemes can either be set-up and run internally or they can be outsourced to a specialist provider. Many businesses choose to employ a Corporate Wellness consultant who can advise on the best course of action to maximise return on investment.

A corporate wellbeing programme can include:

  • Meditation, CBT and yoga classes
  • Wellness apps
  • Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs)
  • Ergonomic workspace set-up
  • Free/discounted healthy food service
  • Free or discounted gym membership
  • Resting rooms
  • Flexible/hybrid working arrangements
  • Free massages
  • Free or discounted physiotherapy sessions
  • Counselling services
  • Corporate wellness days or activities
  • Health screening
  • Educational workshops

Looking after the wellbeing of your employees is not just the right thing to do, it makes business sense too.

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How can I create a wellness scheme?

It’s only practical to set-up a wellness scheme if you have very simple requirements or have plenty of spare HR capacity, otherwise specialist outside support is recommended.

Employing a Corporate Wellness consultant can simplify the process of set-up, management and tracking – and ensure the scheme provides maximum benefit to business and employee alike.

Nonetheless, it’s worth understanding the 6 key steps required to develop a successful Corporate Wellness programme:

Pinpoint workforce needs

Provide employees with a confidential survey through which they can tell you about the health and wellbeing issues they struggle with and what type of support they would welcome. Also, how satisfied are they with the current wellness provision?

Set goals

Key performance indicators can be used to assess progress. Reduced absenteeism, improved morale and increased satisfaction can all be measured once benchmarks are set.

Set-up a Corporate Wellness team

It may be useful to have a team of people who promote the wellbeing scheme and help ensure that employees are fully aware of the tools they have at their disposal to safeguard and improve their wellbeing. They can also relay feedback to HR or senior management.

Create a communications plan

Whether you have a dedicated wellness team or not, there needs to be a plan for how to promote the wellbeing offering to the whole workforce. Posters, meetings, email communications are just a few of the tools that can be used to ensure your team get the most from the scheme.

Launch the programme

Once you’ve pieced together a wellness programme based on employee feedback (and according to budget) you can launch the scheme.

Track results and optimise

Staff surveys can help track satisfaction & wellbeing levels, while absenteeism rates can be used to measure whether the programme is having a tangible positive impact for the business.

Why offer a Corporate Wellness programme?

According to a 2020 UK workplace survey by Perkbox, four out of five UK workers  (79%) commonly experience work-related stress. Meanwhile more than half (55%) experience stress-induced anxiety. While a level of stress is inevitable in any workplace, it’s important that employees are given the tools and support to ensure it doesn’t have a detrimental affect on their health.

At Engage Health Group we believe that healthy employees are good for business, and that investing in staff health and wellbeing can have far reaching and powerful results.

Traditionally, employers have relied solely upon insurance mechanisms such as Private Medical Insurance, Group Income Protection and Cash Plans. While these policies can be extremely effective in addressing ill health – and are highly valued by staff – they are reactive in nature.

Conversely, a Company Wellness programme is designed to stop ill-health – physical or mental – from developing in the first place.

Benefits for the employee include:

  • Improved health and wellbeing – in and out of the workplace
  • Increased morale
  • Less stress
  • Personal growth/resilience development

Benefits for the business include:

  • Lower staff sickness
  • Happier and more productive workforce
  • Improved retention
  • Better recruitment
  • Less presenteeism

How can Engage help?

Corporate Wellness is a very broad area and often businesses can find it difficult to establish where available resource is best deployed and more importantly, how to measure success.

Some of the areas in which we specialise are as follows:

Importantly, at Engage Health Group we recognise that every customer has very different needs. We will work closely and collaboratively with you to ensure that any insurance mechanisms and preventative tools complement each other and give you the best possible return on your investment.

A well planned and executed Corporate Wellness strategy can have far reaching benefits, so let’s start that journey today!

"They took time to understand our business and its culture before recommending the programme, and the results have been very favourable.”

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