How and Why Companies Should Implement Wellness Incentives

August 10, 2012 - 3 minutes read

It’s no surprise that happy, healthy employees are more motivated and productive at work, not to mention they show up more often. Keeping all the moving parts of your corporate machine in good working condition should always be a priority and can easily be accomplished simply by promoting a more active lifestyle among your staff.

Among the benefits of implementing a wellness incentive into your company are:

1. Fewer sick days

Prevention is a lot less expensive than treatment. Get your employees into an active setting and you’ll notice that the number sick days taken start to taper off.

2. Improved employee performance

Treating your body properly increases it’s ability to produce it’s own energy and puts you in a more alert state. Increased energy levels promotes more motivated individuals and ultimately increases productivity in the workplace.

3. Better job satisfaction

Promoting the addition of fitness into the workplace gives your employees a break in the day where they can take their mind off the stresses of the job, allowing them push the restart button to avoid burnout from constant brain-strain.

The Plan

Take the time to figure out what will motivate your employees to start – and maintain – exercising then create a wellness program that offers a convenient and affordable way to encourage them to get active on a regular basis.

1. Create incentives

Create incentives based on measurable results, such as offering cash or points to redeem for prizes, vacation days, or personal training sessions.

2. Make it affordable

If you don’t have a gym in your office building, find a nearby exercise facility and speak with them about putting together a corporate rate that you can offer your employees. Make it even more appealing by offering to subsidize the gym membership or contribute towards the cost of personal training.

3. Keep it fun and do it together

Put together regular events and recreational activities on weekends or after work that are fun and promote team building. Try organizing a corporate slow-pitch softball team, morning or lunch-time yoga classes or trips to a ropes course. And as the boss, don’t be afraid to take part in these activities as well! After all, you’re part of the team too.

4. Encourage education

Bring someone in once a month for a lunch-and-learn to educate your employees about different aspects of leading a healthy lifestyle. Look for experts in different fields to give an all-encompassing look into making health a priority. Some ideas include:

  • proper nutrition and eating well
  • incorporating activity into your daily life
  • goal setting and priority shifting
  • how to exercise at your desk