People need to feel inspired by the company that they work for and they will only truly do their best when they feel happy and engaged. By building an employee wellbeing programme, you will show that you are an employer who really cares. Your company and your staff will reap the benefits and you will see that it makes a real difference to the lives of your employees in terms of physical and mental wellbeing. Here we go through how you can set up a wellbeing programme, how you can collect data and consequently evaluate the success of your wellbeing programme.
What Type Of Wellbeing Programme Will Be The Most Effective?
There is a lot to think about when considering an employee wellness programme and at the outset it can appear quite daunting. It can often be confusing initially about what “employee wellbeing” covers as it really can incorporate a multitude of things ranging from physical health screenings, workshops related to mental health through to the actual physical environment of the workplace. You really will have to think about what type of wellbeing programme will be the most effective for your company.
Questions to consider:
• What is the objective of the programme?
• Why should you invest in a programme?
• Do you have any data available that you can use?
First of all, it’s imperative that you know what you want to achieve and you need to determine why your business should invest in a health and wellbeing programme. Key considerations are how it will benefit you and your employees and you should try to find a balance whereby the benefits are not weighted in one parties’ favour.
• Do you want your employees to say that they work at a great place?
• Are you looking for a reduction in absence days?
• Do you want to reduce stress and anxiety?
• Do you want to see improvements in the health of your employees?
Once you have ascertained this and prioritised, you can start to plan wellness activities on what you are hoping the outcome will be.
Do you have any statistics pertaining to your employees that you can use? This will be useful when assessing the results of the programme. By knowing how many absence days you have at the start of the programme will be a good benchmark. You can also assess the health of your employees with onsite health screening. This can include how much exercise they take, sleep patterns and also cholesterol levels, body fat and hydration. This could also determine any underlying medical conditions an employee might have to save problems developing later.
Results Must Be Visible
Businesses need to see improvements in the health of their employees and in their engagement. Wellbeing programmes will only become sustainable if the results can be evaluated. It is therefore important to consider several elements.
• Build a degree of evaluation into the programme
• Be clear on what the programme will achieve
• Don’t randomly throw money at the programme
• Don’t expect to instantly become an expert
• Call on the expertise of others
Building A Framework For A Strategic Wellbeing Programme
Sometimes senior management has to be convinced that investment into wellbeing in the workplace is worth the money, time and effort that it takes to set up. Lots of companies do run occasional activity days but building a more strategic wellbeing programme will take a lot of planning and has to be part of the company ethos. It has to be embedded into the business strategy.
It can be a challenge to measure a return on your investment, as there are so many factors that influence productivity and business performance. However, one thing is for sure - a happy and healthy workforce will perform better than an unhappy and unhealthy staff. Also, always bear in mind that results will not happen overnight but consistently measuring your progress will help you start to forecast improvements and set realistic goals.
What To Do Next
If you are looking to enhance the wellbeing of your staff, the Daniels Group can guide you through setting up a wellbeing programme based on a sound strategy. Data is collected by way of our self service kiosk, which takes employee statistics including weight, height, BMI, body fat and heart rate and we also offer a digital platform for your organisation to use which covers aspects such as physical exercise, mindfulness and meditation. Both of these give the Daniels Group specific data to use in evaluation and our unique data collection will allow your employees to gain a greater insight into the development of their own wellbeing whilst you will learn about the culture and specific points to address within your organisation as well as being able to act on trigger points. Call us on 01580 200048 to begin building and implementing an effective wellbeing programme tailored for your company.