Long Term Approach to Workplace Wellness

Happy and healthy employees are critical to an organisation’s success. Driving employee engagement and productivity and reducing health care costs are the primary reasons organisations are making major investments in workplace wellness programmes and the health of their employees. However, it’s important to understand that workplace wellness is not a quick-fix solution and it is certainly not something simply achieved by a fitness tracker. The success of a workplace wellness programme depends on the design and execution of the programme and much of that is about having a long-term view and making incremental improvements. One of the biggest mistakes companies make is approaching wellness like a series of individual lessons or one-time events. The hope is that somehow these individual wellness-focused activities will drive home the message that employee health is important. However, when activities are not a part of a larger, integrated workplace wellness strategy, they are likely to fail. Three examples of common workplace wellness mistakes are conducting health risk assessments, using incentive programmes, and relying on a third-party. What all of these have in common is that they are rolled out individually without the long-term vision or follow-up necessary for success. Individual health assessments can be an…