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- With the obesity epidemic, the opioid crisis, and ever-increasing rates of anxiety and depression, it seems that Americans are facing more health challenges than ever before. All of these issues an have a significant effect on workplace behaviors, resulting in more sick days, higher healthcare costs, increased turnover rates, and lower productivity and morale.To help Americans combat these challenges, employers are turning to Workplace Fitness and Wellness Programs that can help employees do everything from getting health screenings and engaging in onsite fitness classes to help guide health management programs. These programs are sponsored by employers to engage employees in initiatives that improve their health and well-being – which can, in turn, result in employer benefits like lower absenteeism, lower healthcare spending, and lower turnover rates. They’ve become increasingly popular, and in fact, 70% of employers in the US currently offer Workplace Fitness and Wellness Programs.Workplace Fitness and Wellness Programs can include a wide range of components, from health and nutrition coaching to onsite group fitness classes and personal training. Some also offer behavioral wellness initiatives like weight loss programs and support to help employees quit smoking. Other Workplace Fitness and Wellness Programs include health screening events, educational seminars or webinars, wellness consulting, and comprehensive fitness and wellness program management.One of the reasons Workplace Fitness and Wellness Programs have become so popular is because they’re actually effective at helping employees improve healthy behaviors and significantly reduce unhealthy habits. Studies have found that employees who participate in corporate wellness programs see noticeable improvements in a wide range of health and wellness measurements including:• How often they exercise• Smoking quantity and frequency• Losing and maintaining weight• Eating more fruits and vegetables• Reducing fat intake• Lowering body weight, cholesterol levels, and blood pressure.Not only do these programs produce real, measurable results, but wellness initiatives at work also impact perceptions. Both employers and employees agree that Workplace Fitness and Wellness Programs have an impact on healthy behaviors. In one study, approximately 50% of employees who participated in wellness programs felt they improved their eating habits and how much they walk, and 25% said they were closer to a healthy weight.While only half of the employers formally evaluated their programs, as a whole, employers overwhelmingly believe that their workplace wellness program had an impact on productivity, absenteeism, and healthcare costs. One case study found that the return on Workplace Fitness and Wellness Programs was $2.71 for every dollar spent on employee wellness. Another found that a program that gave employees exercise training and cardiac rehabilitation resulted in an ROI of $6 in healthcare savings.To reap benefits like these, experts recommend incorporating five aspects into an employee wellness initiative. The most successful Employee Workplace Wellness Programs all have the following five factors in common.1. Communication: Effective wellness programs all create awareness amongst employees by providing precise information about the program, how it works, and what's being offered. When you design your Workplace Fitness and Wellness Program with Strive, we'll provide all of the communication/marketing materials – like posters, flyers, email templates, and other employee communications – to make sure your workforce is fully aware of the programs you're offering and gets excited about the opportunity to participate.2. Employee Convenience: For an employer-sponsored wellness program to work, it has to work for your employees – with programs that are located onsite (or in an easily-accessible location) at times whenemployees are available to participate. Working with your staff, Strive will create classes and programs on a flexible schedule that employees can attend right onsite. We’ll hire qualified instructors and make sure you have all of the equipment necessary, so all your employees need to do is show up.3. Management Support and Engagement: Studies have found that employees are more active in wellness programs when top-level managers and direct supervisors not only encourage employees to participate but also participate themselves. While only your organization can garner the support and participation of managers, Strive can help you increase the likelihood of that support by making sure your managers won’t need to take on any additional responsibilities for your employee wellness initiative. We'll handle the enrollment or online sign up for any programs requiring registrations, and we'll distribute and manage employee liability waivers. We'll also streamline administration and billing, so your top-level employees won't be overburdened by paperwork. All they’ll need to do is jump in and join the fun.4. Leveraging resources and relationships: Companies with successful wellness programs use existing connections – especially those with healthcare companies – to maximize program offerings and minimize spending. Strive offers a comprehensive range of workplace wellness programs that include over 80 services nationwide, so you can implement your program anywhere your business operates. Best of all, as a Strategic Vendor for large health plans, we can directly invoice many insurance companies and can work with Wellness Dollars or other funding efforts, allowing you to leverage your resources with minimal administration or effort.5. Ongoing Evaluation: One of the keys to keeping employees engaged in a wellness program is getting program feedback – both to understand engagement and to improve available classes and services.Throughout the course of your Workplace Fitness and Wellness Program, Strive will provide real-time updates and reports to help you assess employee engagement, participation, and success. If one of your classes or offerings is underperforming, you can try it at a different time or drop it altogether. You can also add new time-slots for classes or offerings that are particularly popular.In addition to providing all of the elements needed for a successful Workplace Fitness and Wellness Program, Strive makes implementing your program simple by giving you a single point of contact to handle all of the administration and coordination details. Your program coordinator can customize a plan that includes one element or many wellness services – from stress management options like onsite yoga and chair massage to fitness classes and health coaching – and can implement your initiative in a single location or in offices or facilities across the country. They’ll also handle:• staffing• equipment• enrollment• employee liability waivers• comprehensive liability coverage• reporting and program assessment• billing – including directly invoicing your healthcare provider• administrationWe’ll work with you every step of the way to create a successful workplace wellness program and make modifications in real time, so you reap all the benefits – both for your employees and for your bottom-line.
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