Wellness is important to us at Assurance for many reasons. We work with clients on a daily basis to promote and build wellness programs for their employees that help minimize risk and maximize health. But it’s also important because we live by these same standards with our own employees. And through our own experience, we’ve realized that before a wellness program can have an impact, it’s important to understand the philosophy behind it.
At Assurance, ours is simple: Know it. Prevent it. Do it.
KNOW IT: As with everything, you need a starting point. We want to make sure every employee understands their health status and the key numbers driving personal health and wellbeing. That’s the only way we can continue doing what works, or change what’s needed, to minimize risk and maximize health.
PREVENT IT: We can’t stop all health-related illnesses and accidents, but we can make every effort to help employees prevent the preventable. It’s amazing how we take the necessary steps to ensure our kids (and our cars) get their annual checkups, but we often fail to do the same ourselves. Annual checkups, along with gender and age-specific checkups, are key components of a preventative maintenance program.
DO IT: Once employees know their numbers and consult with a physician, it’s time for them to take ownership. We try to find ways to help employees personalize the wellness program, so it can help each individual live a more healthy lifestyle.
Why do we promote this wellness philosophy with our employees? We know the immense positive outcomes for people living healthier lifestyles. However, we also know everyone approaches wellness differently. If our wellness program is going to be truly revolutionary and successful, we needed to take that into account. Everybody is different and more importantly, everybody is motivated differently. Your company's wellness approach might be the polar opposite, and that’s okay.
So guess what? While we can’t force anyone to KNOW IT, PREVENT IT and DO IT, we can incent and reward for it. Our wellness program, financially incents all Assurance employees in exciting ways to make these choices. And we’re going to allow them to do it in a way that’s personal for them.
So, remember, wellness programs are important, but sharing the philosophy around why it’s important to your organization is what matters most.
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