Corporate wellness – and motivating staff to attend is a common concern for workplaces. With the growing popularity of wellness, coupled with the rise in health issues, companies are investing more time and money in corporate wellness programs. They understand the importance of preventative health for employees over the long term.
According to Dr. Roger Sahoury, author of Gladiator’s Guide to Corporate Health & Wealth, as quoted in Forbes, 55% of workers acknowledged that workplace wellness program had a hand in improving their overall well-being; this equates to $250 million in savings in lowered health costs and a 50% reduction in high blood pressure among employees.
These figures show that corporate wellness works. But it takes time to figure out what motivates employers and employees to fully embrace wellness goals and to commit to a long-term healthy lifestyle change. This means that corporate wellness programs are constantly evolving.
Program success is measured by total wellness integration into company culture. Here are three ways to motivate staff to attend wellness programs:
1. Wellness is not optional – For employees, participating in wellness programs has always been a choice. The costs of chronic diseases, healthcare, and an ageing population worldwide have changed things. Governments around the world will gradually make wellness mandatory in different ways.
2. Wellness will be indiscernible – To prevent feelings of “forced wellness,” it will be seamlessly integrated into our daily lives
3. A Workplace Wellness Culture — GWI forecasts that investments in creating workplace wellness and healthy workforces will grow even more in the next 5-10 years. Therefore, companies will start implementing initiatives that counter workplace stress by promoting healthy work spaces, fair pay, mandatory vacations and disconnecting from work emails and calls after hours.