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Apr08

Corporate Wellness – Investment or Expense

Hi! I would love to hear your weigh-in on Corporate Wellness programs. Do you consider them an investment or expense? Do you see the value of learning the tools of yoga and meditation to help manage the stresses of work/life balance?

Looking forward to your response.

Many HR and Business Professionals consider corporate wellness programs a valuable investment in employee health, morale, satisfaction, engagement and productivity while ultimately reducing company health care expenses.

The mental and physical ramifications of excessive stress are becoming more apparent and acknowledged in today’s workforce. Studies and basic observations continue to prove that excessive stress causes individuals to lose focus, commitment, and stamina which will inevitably decrease the individual’s ability to efficiently and successfully perform at work. Corporate wellness programs can change the mindset of employees to truly believe a healthy lifestyle will not only help them have a better work experience but also an improved overall well being.

Successful wellness programs depend on tailoring the program to company mission and culture while offering attractive initiatives to employees. There are many different programs to consider. Some are educational, action based, outcome oriented or all inclusive. It’s important to ascertain which programs will engage employees for the long haul and achieve both the company’s and individual’s goals.

It’s also important to be aware of the potential criticism of a wellness program. Depending on the type of program adopted employees may feel it’s too intrusive and be concerned with the confidentiality of their health information. Some employees may feel discriminated against or out casted by outcome based programs that reward employees for achieving unrealistic goals. Again, aligning the program with the needs and wants of employees will obtain the most participation and long term results.

Managing the stress of work/life balance through yoga and meditation may be beneficial to a lot of employees. Learning basic yoga poses and simple meditation techniques to use throughout the day can quickly alleviate common stressors. However, adopting a wellness program focused solely on these activities can ostracize employees who prefer other activities or are intimidated by the common misbelief that only a person in good physical shape can do yoga. So, offering a range of activities will ensure all employees’ interests are met. Consider surveying employees regarding their interest in a wellness program, specifically the activities and rewards that would engage them the most. Lastly, make sure whichever activities are offered can be adapted to meet various levels of physical ability.

Good Luck!

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