If It's Not Broken, Don't Fix It
Wellness: A Proactive Approach
We’ve all heard the old saying, "If it's not broken, then don’t fix it." However, that’s not always the best philosophy when it comes to your health and wellness.
Let’s start with the facts. Here are some basic wellness stats from Blue Cross and Blue Shield Illinois:
This tells us that adults, on average, are spending less than 50 percent of their doctor visits on wellness visits.
The workplace is a great opportunity to educate employees on health protections, health promotion and disease preventive programs. Employers have a captive audience and opportunity to increase the wellbeing and productivity of employees. About 30 percent of human life is spent working. On average, most people spend about 25 to 30 years working. With that amount of time spent in the office, there’s no reason why wellness education shouldn’t be incorporated.
Introducing a wellness program with an incentive helps encourage and increase the likelihood of employees taking the first step in managing their health. How do you build a workplace environment which promotes wellness and disease preventive programs?
To offer a good wellness program, your organization should:
- Incorporate wellness into company culture
- Provide wellness screenings
- Create measurable goals
- Reimburse employees
- Gain management support
- Form a wellness committee
- Offer exercise classes
- Provide onsite nutritional classes
- Cater to employees’ schedules
- Track results
For more ways to incorporate wellness into your employee benefits program, contact the ‘A’ Team. And remember, just because it isn’t broken, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be fixed.
- Wellness E-Book
- Building an Effective Wellness Program
- Laying Groundwork: How to Start a Wellness Program
- Why Wellness?
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