Employee wellness doesn’t happen by magic. And it certainly doesn’t happen overnight. You can offer the best wellness benefits in the world, but if employees must overcome barriers to employee wellness, your program will be useless.
An effective employee wellness program has three components for driving behavior change and improving the health of its employees.
As an HR leader or manager, you can help your employees overcome barriers to employee wellness using the P.E.P. philosophy.
The P.E.P. Philosophy
P.E.P. is an acronym that stands for Provide, Educate, and Promote. Organizations who wish to improve the health habits of its employees need to:
Our research found five common barriers to engaging employees in wellness:
Sitting All Day
Many career paths require employees to sit at a desk, staring at a computer screen for the majority of their workday. Even for employees who work on a production line – sitting or standing in one spot for a good portion of your day can do some damage to your physical and mental health. As an organization you can make a difference in the culture surrounding being strapped to your desk all day.
The topic of mental health is one that has been on the rise in recent years as it pertains to the workplace. Are you creating a safe space for your employees? Consider these ideas for cultivating an environment where employees feel supported, stress is manageable, and positivity is blossoming.
At the core of employee wellness is physical health. While the definition of wellness certainly has expanded over the years, physical health is an area that is straightforward when providing health benefits for your employees.
Work-Life Balance and Time
With crazy workloads and packed family schedules it can sometimes feel like the days are just flying by. Giving your employees their time back can be one of the greatest perks you provide.
With every diet, habit, or fitness goal comes the need for motivation. Willpower is the fuel that keeps our health and wellness on track. Help your employees find their willpower by supporting their personal goals for wellness at every level.
To provide, educate, and promote the healthy skills and habits that employees need to take control of their well-being download our ebook, Overcoming Barriers to Employee Wellness and Engagement.