Although corporate wellness programmes are a worthwhile investment, smaller companies can’t always afford to sacrifice short-term cash flow for longer-term gains. But this doesn’t mean that there is nothing that can be done to reap some of the benefits of staff wellbeing without waiting to have a dedicated budget for it! We have compiled a list of five activities you can introduce at your workplace for free.
With remote working increasingly prevalent, and with many organisations having a presence in multiple countries, supporting remote workers and those in smaller satellite offices can be a problem. Keeping staff engaged and ensuring smaller remote teams receive adequate wellbeing support can be a huge challenge. Fear not, here are our 5 tips for implementing successful wellness strategies for remote workers and smaller satellite offices.
Wellness days have been undertaken for many years with varying levels of success. They are usually a day set aside for the company to host talks, invite in benefits suppliers and staff come away with a goody bag from the local gym and a branded pen from the health insurance provider.
OK, so they’re not always that bad but I have attended my fair share, and some have been as ineffective as that. Let’s look at why some do work and why others are a waste of time and precious resources.
It’s fairly commonplace to have employee engagement surveys that are sent out once or twice a year, but how much are you actually doing with the data? Even if you are taking regular or real-time pulse surveys, it’s important to have a strategy in place for how you plan to implement in response to the data.
So, how can we use the data gathered to achieve insight and inform a strategic wellness programme that is designed to keep staff healthy, happy and engaged?
On more than one occasion last year while consulting with companies I heard the phrase “we want our wellness programme to be inclusive”. I fully understand the sentiment; all staff are important and we want them to feel that way. So, let me play devil’s advocate here and propose why I think this mentality is reducing wellness levels and costing companies a lot of money.
Corporate wellness has reached a stage in the adoption curve at which the early majority is fully on-board and the late majority are at least aware of the necessity. Although it has become more commonplace for companies to develop programmes for staff wellbeing, a lot are still quite primitive and aren’t necessarily having the desired effect.
So, what is going wrong with corporate wellness programmes and what are the pitfalls to avoid when developing your own?