Employee Wellness Blog

Team Building Activities That Your Employees Will Actually Like

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, Feb 13, 2017

Ah, team building exercises. Some either love them, or run at the mention of them. While team building activities can be excellent for fostering a sense of unity and comradery in the workplace, they can also be the cause of some extensive eye rolls. This is because a lot of us have experienced a corny or downright awkward team building experience before.

However, when team building exercises are done and implemented properly, they are great for boosting employee wellness. Why? Team building encourages connections among employees. Creating a network of social support can lead to a more resilient work environment by helping employees recognize the power of being on a team and working together.

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How to Promote Wellness in Your Company

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, Feb 06, 2017

There are lots of things you need to do to have a successful employee wellness program. Not only does your program need to be simple, fun and engaging. But you also don’t want employees to think that the new wellness program is just a fad that will slowly fade away after six months. You want them to take your program seriously and know that wellness is here to stay. You want them to be intrigued and excited. But how can you reach your employees?

Luckily, we are here to help! Follow these tips to effectively promote wellness in your company:

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How Effective Communication Can Save Your Wellness Program

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, Jan 23, 2017

So you’ve created a wellness program – complete with incentives, challenges, screenings, and a portal. It has all of the features it needs to succeed. However, you’ve been noticing that employees are not excited about the program and participation is lower than expected. This could be because your wellness program does not have the proper foundation in place – and this foundation is communication. 

Effective wellness communication serves as the primary building block for behavior change and measurable progress. Your employees will not succeed–or even become interested in the wellness program–without a communication plan in place. If communication hasn’t been a focus of your wellness program plan, it’s time to shine the spotlight back on your wellness communication strategies.

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Finding the Right Wellness Incentives to Motivate Your Employees

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, Dec 15, 2016

One of the most important parts of starting a wellness program is determining how you will inspire employees to participate and begin the journey towards a healthier lifestyle. Incentives are excellent motivators to help get employees started and keep them on the right track. They also help to add some extra fun to make achieving wellness seem less intimidating.

To get employees to take the plunge into their new wellness program, you will need to craft an incentive plan that will positively impact employee participation as well as spark some enthusiasm too. Employees that are excited about their wellness program and the perks that come with it will be more likely to work towards a healthier lifestyle, and as a result, you can expect a positive ROI.

Incentives are a great way to increase employee participation, motivation, and engagement, but which incentives will be right for you and your employees?

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Why Your Company Should Host an Employee Wellness Day

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, Dec 05, 2016

Maybe the idea of a health fair doesn’t exactly leave your employees squirming at their desks with anticipation. However, the idea of a work day full of helpful education, free resources, and fun certainly will! An Employee Wellness Day is a spin on a traditional health fair, and your company will reap benefits from hosting one. This is an interactive and fun event that should be all about your employees and creating a culture of wellness.

Hosting an Employee Wellness Day is guaranteed to inspire, educate, and engage employees. This type of event will give your employees a much-needed break–and it’s a great way to start off the New Year. There are many ways to revamp an old-school health fair and personalize it for your employees. Here are just some of the many benefits your company will receive from hosting and Employee Wellness Day and tips to help you make it an incredible experience:

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10 Questions Every Wellness Coordinator Should Be Able to Answer [Infographic]

Posted by Becky Squiers on Thu, Mar 10, 2016

As a wellness coordinator, you’re probably one of the people employees reach out to with questions. In corporate wellness, many employees have similar questions. This is especially true with corporate wellness programs that are just getting started.

It’s incredibly important to be able to answer employee questions smoothly and correctly. We don’t want to put any extra pressure on you, but your answers really can sway employees to or from your wellness program!

This infographic lists some common questions you might get as a wellness coordinator. Each company might want to offer slightly different answers. There’s really no “right answer.” What’s important is being prepared to discuss these things with your employees to help them feel good about being part of your wellness program.

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How to Personalize Your Employee Wellness Program

Posted by Becky Squiers on Thu, Jul 02, 2015

Personalization is important in all aspects of business. Nobody wants to feel like ‘just another statistic.’ This personal touch extends into your wellness program, as well.

It’s important to personalize your program for a few reasons.

First, it will improve your engagement because it’ll make the program more interesting to your employees. They’ll see things that appeal to them and be itching to get involved.

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6 Ways to Keep Your Wellness Program Exciting

Posted by Becky Squiers on Mon, Jun 29, 2015

Let’s face it. Everything can get boring from time to time. The best way to avoid that lull in your employee wellness program is by intentionally making your program fresh and exciting.

Here are some strategies to use if your wellness program needs a little excitement. 

1. Plan New Events

It’s very easy to fall into the trap of organizing the same events over and over again. While things like company walks are great, they can be overused. Integrate some of the tried and true classics like biometric screenings or flu shots with more innovative wellness events. For example, have a dance party or scavenger hunt around the office building. 

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Success Stories Can Enhance Your Employee Wellness Program

Posted by Becky Squiers on Thu, Jun 18, 2015

As you’ve hopefully figured out, there are plenty of ways to promote your employee wellness program. It’s important to try different things to really see what works best at your company. One very effective method is to use success stories or testimonials as wellness promotion.

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How to Engage Low-Risk Employees in Your Wellness Program

Posted by Becky Squiers on Mon, Jun 08, 2015

Contrary to popular belief, wellness is not just for people who need to make huge health improvements.

Wellness is not a “one and done” initiative.

In all honesty, wellness isn’t even always easy.

We know it might be more natural—and maybe a first instinct—to use your employee wellness program to target the people who aren’t taking active steps towards better health. It’s definitely true that this population needs to be included. But that doesn't cover all of your employees.

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