An article that recently appeared in a Entrepreneur caught our eye. It entails the importance of personalizing employee wellness programs and not just rolling out the standard and often canned cookie cutter “sticks & carrots” approach. The article also stresses the importance of these program being led from the very top of organizations and improving workplace culture along the way. Here are a couple of excerpts from the article, written by a CEO of a “dot.com” company:
Instead of rewarding or penalizing employees financially, as CEO and founder of Grokker, I “walk the talk” to ensure the company’s culture actively supports each employee’s personal wellness without being preachy or condescending.
I do this by displaying my own commitment to wellness, sharing my Eat 3, Move 3, Sleep 8 mantra and regularly practicing my morning yoga in our offices or joining the team in grueling HIIT workouts.
Here’s one more:
To facilitate the most participation in wellness activities, ask what your employees desire. In metropolitan cities, where gym memberships and packages at boutique studios can soar beyond a typical monthly budget, team members may simply want to be reimbursed for these fitness “luxuries.” Perhaps your team is interested in competing in local club sports as a company or a quarterly 5K race together. If healthier eating is a priority, you might consider offering a subscription to a service such as Fresh Direct for your office instead of a vending machine.
Be sure to go read the whole article when you can!