Wellness programs are all the rage. What are the best practices from some of the country’s largest employers with high employee engagement for wellness programs?
It might sound simple, but they are using incentives and rewards to drive employee participation…and it’s working. Kathryn Mayer’s BenefitsPro.com article outlines eight best practices from in-house company wellness experts presented during a session at the October National Business Group on Health’s annual conference.
The eight wellness engagement tips include:
- Reward healthy behavior, and reward with accuracy.
- The incentive needs to resonate personally.
- Reward often and promptly.
- Pay it forward – give employees the opportunity to provide their incentive money earned to their favorite charities.
- Keep it fresh – the value of incentives should change as the needs and situations of your employees change.
- Communication is key – if you can’t get the word about wellness out to your employees and their families and tell them what’s going on, then it’s not going to work.
- Ask employees what they want out of the programs.
To have a successful wellness program, you need to address employee health concerns.