3 Ways to Boost Employee Participation In Your Corporate Wellness Program

Corporate wellness programs are regarded successful only if they drive active participation and people are engaged in them. When a number of people commit adopting a healthier lifestyle, the results can be absolutely amazing. Increased productivity, improved morale, and lower health care costs are just the tip of the iceberg for employers. This doesn’t even take into consideration the value of healthy and happy employees. But with very few employees putting efforts to improve their health on their own, employers are seeking for different ways to engage employees in wellness. Below mentioned are three ways that can help you boost engagement in your employee wellness program:

1. Make It Interesting

Be it any game or competition, we’re more likely to get motivated and involved when our friends get involved. This flicker can spread like wildfire and can get your entire organization engaged. Social incentives are a cost-effective and captivating way to recruit as well as engage all those who may otherwise are beyond your reach.

Social incentives are simple. Setting up teams provides accountability, social support, the spirit of friendly competition, altruistic opportunities and public recognition. With social incentives, people easily adopt healthy behaviors because they are liable to participate in group activities as well as help others. Over time, these all these activities become the part of the lifestyle, drive healthy behaviors and create lasting effects on health.

2. Track, Report, & Update

Participating in a challenge, people would want to know their performance against all those around them. This information provides a benchmark for success and allows the people to track their performance and keep the competitive spirit going.

At the time of hosting wellness activities, it is always recommended to share results with all the employees who participated in the activity. For example, if you’re organizing a walking challenge, inform everyone regarding their step count and the average step count of an employee walking per day. Update weekly reports of what’s going on, who’s performing well, and what steps should others take to jump into the action as well as provide a recap of all the amazing activities that have been going on.

3. Use The Power Of Social

When you put an effort and exercise, the people surrounding you are more likely to get inspired and exercise. This might appear intuitive, but these forces are really powerful! By utilizing this insight and a slight imagination, you can enhance the health of the population at large.

To put it simple, people get involved through social recruiting, and further accountability and social support keep them engaged. When you promise a friend to meet at 6 a.m. for a run, you’re going to turn up anyhow, regardless of snow, rain, cold, or perfect weather. You won’t let your promise go in vain or let your friend down. The similar concept can be scaled as well as applied to corporate wellness programs. With a social approach to wellness, the whole organization can be engaged in walking meetings and friendly challenges, comparing each other’s step totals and pushing one another to attain their wellness goals.

Benefits of Employee Involvement

  • You encourage better performance
  • You attract and promote talent
  • You quickly spot HR issues
  • You build-up better products
  • You become more profitable
  • Your customer satisfaction increases
  • You uplift your teams
  • Your turnover costs decreases
  • Your ideas become sharper

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