A workforce consisting of healthy employees is not a given in today’s work environment. Numerous stressors at work and at home can lead to negative health outcomes such as chronic disease, impeded mental health, and many others.
Now that employers are continuing to enforce different forms of wellness programs that focus on improving the health status and overall wellness of their workforce, many employees shirk their responsibilities when it comes to wellness program participation. In addition to this disturbing reality, research is showing that wellness programs that encourage the workforce to modify their behavior is not necessarily as effective as one would imagine, and it often costs the employer money rather than them money.
So what are employers to do? If they are unable to be intrusive and govern the healthcare behavior of their employees with incentives and other forms of encouragement, then how can employers succeed in bringing about positive health outcomes for their work force?
A recent article in the Money section of U.S. News & World Report has formed a succinct strategy that companies can in use to increase wellness in the employee community without controlling behavior. Rather than using wellness programs to encourage behavior modification in the work force to promote positive health outcomes, employers can provide a company environment that is more prone to wellness promotion. When employees are immersed in a company culture that is confounded in wellness, there is a natural inclination towards health consciousness.
U.S. News & World Report offers employers the following eight recommendations that assist them in promoting wellness rather than shoving wellness down their workforce’s throat:
1) Improved access to nutritious food and drink
2) Increased opportunities for exercise onsite
3) Removing weight loss competitions from company culture
4) Quality insurance coverage for employees
5) Improving overall efficiency by keeping sick workers at home
6) Doing away with the “sick note” requirement
7) Provide an adequate amount paid sick days
8) Pushing employees to utilize vacation time
All of these strategies are surefire ways to place a higher value on employees and to put them in a position to excel with respect to health and wellness promotion. In taking these strategies into consideration, employers will find that they are not only empowering their workforce, but they are also empowering their financial gain by saving in money in healthcare allocation.
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