Heading into 2015, many of us have made a resolution to tone up, slim down, eat right, or quit smoking. With careers and families, many of the resolutions of the yesteryear fell through. But, not this year!
Workplace wellness has become a major component of employee engagement over recent years. With health rates constantly on the rise, employers have realized that wellness programs form synergistic relationships. By promoting improved health through wellness programs and incentives, employers avoid increases in costs towards healthcare and minimize sick time for employees. Healthier employees also lead to higher productivity. The Department of Labor released a Workplace Wellness Study that asserts that wellness programs are offered by “more than three-quarters (77 percent) of employers” and “over half (56 percent) offer disease management” programs. Unfortunately, these wellness programs are often overlooked by employees and under accentuated by employers leading to a shortage of program participation.
That’s why we are bringing you the information we think you need to know. According to the Rand Employer Survey, approximately half of all employers in the United States offer wellness programs. Do you know what is available to you? Here are some of the most prevalent wellness program trends of 2015.
On-site Fitness Centers
Many employers bring fitness to their employees through an on-site fitness room. This provides the opportunity to offer easily accessible fitness classes and guidance.
In promotion of healthy life-changes, some employers are offering reimbursement for established health club or fitness center, personal training, and fitness classes.
In an effort to work toward a smoke-free environment and reduced healthcare costs, employers often offer incentives or assistance towards helping you quit.
Wellness webinars are in abundance and serve as a great tool toward promoting wellness throughout the company. Offering employees the opportunity to attend webinars over lunch break promotes healthier eating as well as wellness education.
HRAs (Health Risk Questionnaire)
Over half of employers offer some sort of HRA. The Workplace Wellness Study conducted by the Department of Labor explains that an HRA is “used to collect information about common modifiable risk factors about behaviors and characteristics, such as nutrition, physical activity, smoking, cholesterol levels, weight, and blood pressure.” Other employers tack on additional biometric screenings that include or specific clinical data collection including height, weight, and so on.
Risk Factor Management
Many employers provide intervention programs to urge employees toward better health through educational tools, counseling, and general encouragement toward conscientious lifestyle changes.