Creating a workplace that fosters employee well-being has numerous benefits including a happy workforce, higher retention rates, increased productivity, and greater profitability.
So what does it take to create a worldclass corporate employee wellness program? We can look to Sklar Wilton & Associates (SW&A) for some best practices. Below I share what SW&A are doing, their results and some takeaways and best practices you can use with your company or organization.
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Sarah Liverance, Partner and Lead Engagement Champion at SW&A about their program.
It was about 3 years ago that the company decided to make a deliberate commitment to whole person development; encompassing mind, body, and spirit. Their goal is to equip employees with tools to be better people.
Each year they set a theme to guide the year, such as mindfulness and this year’s “brain health”.
SW&A has taken a very well-rounded approach to their employee wellness program. Wellness elements are integrated into daily life at the office.
Some of the specific ways they engage employees are through:
There have been some tangible and noticeable results from taking action 3 years ago at SW&A.
In addition to the awards, there’s anecdotal evidence of success based on comments from staff about how the program has been life-changing, improved patience, improved relationships, and more.
Some comments from staff:
Furthermore, the average tenure of their staff is 11 years! Clearly their emphasis on wellness and creating a sustainable, positive environment has paid off.
TAKEAWAYS + BEST PRACTICES
1) Senior Management Buy-In
>> Senior Management and all managers/leaders need to be truly committed to employee wellness and back that up with action, not just words.
2) Variety of Initiatives
>> It’s not about a “one-and-done” workshop or retreat; that won’t garner great results. True change comes from consistent, sustainable actions that benefit the employees and help them improve their well-being.
3) Investing Resources into the Program
>> Employee wellness programs don’t run themselves (unfortunately). It will take some financial investment for third-party services or internal people resources to create and sustain an excellent wellness program.
4) Create a Customized Approach for Your Employees
>> Wellness programs aren’t one-size-fits-all. The type of content and delivery methods need to match your employees. What works for one company might not be the best for yours. Take stock of what stage of life your employees are in, what are they interested in, how do they learn best and design your program to suit them.
If you’d like to chat about what a custom Wellness Program could look like at your company or organization, reach out to me at [email protected].
If your company already has a great wellness program and wants to share more best practices, I’d love to hear from you.
Originally published at www.fithealthy365.com