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Designing and Managing Wellness Programs
With increases to healthcare costs, employers and employees are looking for ways to keep these costs manageable while still attracting and retaining motivated and productive employees. More and more employers are exploring or reviewing their wellness programs to help.
Preventative health and wellness benefits assist in maintaining or improving employees’ behaviors to achieve better health and to reduce the risk of health issues. A well-executed wellness program can reduce healthcare costs, enhance productivity, and increase retention. Wellness programs reflect the company’s concern about the overall health of the employee and are a great tool for recruiting and retention.
Some wellness benefits help employees deal with preventable and chronic conditions. Others can assist in motivating employees to complete certain health and wellness activities. Before implementing a wellness program or initiative, your organization should carefully consider the possible costs, advantages, levels of potential participation, tax, and potential legal concerns.
Popular wellness activities include:
- Vaccination clinics
- Nutrition education
- Exercise program and activities
- Health screenings
- Fitness center and fitness club memberships
- Health risk assessments
- Weight loss programs
- Smoking cessation programs
- Stress reduction programs
Wellness programs can be a cost-effective way to keep your healthcare costs down and finding and keep great employees. If you’re looking for more ways to manage benefits while still showing employees you care, reach out to The Employer Group to see how we can help by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.