Comprehensive wellness programs are designed to help employees achieve total well-being by addressing all aspects of wellness, rather than just one or two. This well-rounded approach lends itself to better employee engagement and a more effective wellness program. There are 7 major components to a comprehensive wellness program that’s poised for maximum impact.

Taking a Holistic Approach to Wellness

Wellness is often associated with physical health, but population wellness programs are more complex than that. Humans are multidimensional, and approaching wellness should be, too. A holistic approach to well-being addresses these eight dimensions:

  • Physical
    • Care & maintenance of the body (diet, exercise, sleep)
  • Social
    • Connection & relationship with others
  • Emotional
    • Understanding, navigating, & communicating emotions (stress management)
  • Occupational
    • Finding enrichment through personal/professional means
  • Financial
    • Living within a person’s means/planning for the future
  • Spiritual
    • Connection to a person’s life purpose/higher power
  • Intellectual
    • Open to experiences/opportunities that stimulate the mind
  • Environmental
    • Work environment that promotes wellness/sustainable practices

A holistically-minded organization is challenged to identify creative solutions to produce programming that consolidates multiple dimensions of wellness. Wellness vendors like Strive can help facilitate a program that not only addresses full well-being, but each component discussed in this post.

Integrating the Wellness Program into the Organization’s Structure

Comprehensive wellness programs intertwine with the framework of the organization’s mission. Successful wellness and benefit programs are supported by upper and middle management, new employees are introduced and encouraged to participate, and policies are in place to protect time to pursue wellness initiatives. The organization believes in creating wellness opportunities for its people.

The program must also coincide with workplace safety and human resources to maximize employee engagement.

Leadership Supports the Wellness Program

Wellness culture begins at the top. Leaders and managers should not only support wellness specialists or teams, but remain actively engaged alongside employees. This looks like investing time and energy into including employees in the planning phase, initiating new norms employees can embrace together, and creating a workplace environment that enables wellness (i.e. healthy kitchens, employer-sponsored time for wellness initiatives, etc.).

Time is Invested for Strategy & Implementation

Successful comprehensive wellness programs require a coordinator, wellness committee, wellness counsel, or wellness champion strategy to consider the budget, employee interests, and their own expertise to build a program that supports total well-being. This requires time to plan initiatives that address all eight pillars of well-being at the most opportune times for employees to participate.

Programming should be consistently evaluated and iterated on to avoid irrelevance or stagnance.

The Programming is Easily Accessible for Employees

In a world of competing priorities, convenience is key. For many people, the most challenging aspect of pursuing fitness or well-being can be showing up! Overcoming accessibility issues reinforces employee engagement and reduces frustration. Clear instructions and intuitive programming allow employees to dedicate more of their time to wellness initiatives. For example, Strive’s platform aims to alleviate hurdles with a turnkey approach that allows employees to easily enroll, register, receive notifications, and sign liability waivers — all in under 30-seconds.

Programming Includes Education & Activities

Comprehensive wellness programs combine foundational knowledge with practical application to equip employees with long-lasting healthy habits. Whether a specialist is hired to deliver a presentation or lead a healthy cooking demonstration, both educational and active wellness initiatives are interactive. This encourages employees to ask questions, feel connected, and ultimately build a relationship with the specialist to better retain and apply what they learn.

Comprehensive Wellness Programs are Measurable

Tracking the effectiveness of a wellness program is imperative not only for VOI (Value On Investment) but to identify areas needing improvement. Leveraging recurring data highlights opportunities as well as success metrics that can be discussed among stakeholders. Analyzing the data can also reveal if the budget is being allocated appropriately. Are enough people being reached, or is there opportunity to expand? There can also be specific groups within a population, like those who smoke or are admittedly stressed, who would benefit from a specific class or coaching service.

Implementing a Comprehensive Wellness Program

Strive provides turnkey implementation of wellness programming. This looks like:

  • Built-in account manager and/or sourced full-time wellness coordinator
  • Registration portal simplifies managing signups/liability waivers
  • Onsite & virtual classes and workshops
  • Monthly employee engagement data

Our goal is to ensure the wellness program serves the needs and interests of the targeted workforce population. By alleviating administrative responsibility and offering a wide variety of wellness options, Strive paves the way for organizations’ comprehensive wellness programs to succeed. Find out the 5 best employee wellness programs of the year or book a brief discovery call to explore the possibilities for your organization.

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