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Wellness: The New Norm

BY Courtney Dandy
03/09/2016 - 1:41pm

 

“Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life.” UC Davis

One of the new movements influencing businesses large and small alike is a concept called the Wellness Program.  This could include anything from, but not limited to, Health Risk Assessment (HRA) screenings, workplace challenges, walking programs, mindful awareness and ergonomics.

Corporate Wellness Programs add an additional advantage to a company’s benefits package.  The tides are changing and employees are becoming less of a number and more of an asset to be invested in.  These programs are a way for a company to show both prospective and current employees that they care about each individual as a whole person. 

I highly recommend adding a wellness program to your company’s repertoire if you don’t already have one.  If you do, keep nurturing it.  Do what works, rework things that don’t, always be open to ideas. 

Here are a few tips if you are starting a wellness program: Don’t judge the success of your program on attendance.  Focus on the people who are participating and continue to come up with new ideas that might peak others’ interest.  Secondly, your budget may be nothing to brag about, but there are so many free resources and ideas available.   Finally, allow plenty of time to create a program, there are masses of resources out there and it could easily be one person’s full time job. Take the time to determine what might work best for your employees and the organization’s culture.

If you are reading this from an employee’s perspective; please greatly consider taking advantage of your company’s wellness program.  You may already practice wellness or you may think a lot of it is hokey, but give it a try anyway; you may just gain something from it.  Also, be proud that you work at a company that cares enough about you to provide you with tools that can make you Well.

So get your Wellness program going, get active, join a challenge and above all else, choose to be Well.