Employee Engagement in Workplace Wellness Programmes

When employees are healthy and happy they are productive, engaged, and motivated. Organisations not only have an ethical obligation to take an interest in employee health, but also a financial one. Healthier employees mean fewer costs, less lost time, better customer service, and higher retention. This is why so many organisations are offering workplace wellness programs to educate employees and assist them in achieving better health.   When employees are engaged in a wellness programme, they report perceiving themselves as healthier and more productive. They also have a more positive attitude towards the organisation and their work. It’s clear that workplace wellness programmes offer benefits to both the organisation and employee but getting employees to buy into these programmes and actively participate is a unique challenge.   According to one study, 60% of employees who did not participate in wellness programmes indicated that they consider participating, but for a variety of reasons, chose not to. A lack of information, inconvenience, and privacy concerns are just some of the issues raised. However, the majority of employees, 69%, said that their lack of participation in the programme was simply due to lack of awareness. [1] Low participation and engagement matters on a number…