October 30, 2017
Wellbeing at work — and the shifts taking place within it — is growing in Australia. With the growing popularity of wellness, coupled with the rise in health issues and costs, companies are investing more time and money today in health and wellbeing programs. They understand the importance of preventative health for employees over the long term.
According to Dr. Roger Sahoury, author of Gladiator’s Guide to Corporate Health & Wealth, as quoted in Forbes, 55% of workers acknowledged that wellbeing programs had a hand in improving their overall well-being; this equates to $250 million in savings in lowered health costs and a 50% reduction in high blood pressure among employees.
These figures show that wellbeing programs work. But it takes time to figure out what motivates employers and employees to fully embrace wellbeing at work goals, and to commit to a long-term healthy lifestyle change. This means that health and wellbeing programs are constantly evolving.
How to motivate staff
Here are three ways to motivate staff, that when introduced, contribute to the adoption and success of wellbeing at work:
1. Wellbeing at work will no longer be optional — For employees, participating in wellbeing programs at work has always been a choice. However, the costs of chronic diseases, healthcare, and an ageing population worldwide have changed this. Governments around the world will gradually make wellbeing programs mandatory in different ways. (E.g. Mexico has a soda tax and prohibits salt shakers on restaurant tables; Japan measure BMI and waistlines and penalises citizens who don’t make changes; in the U.S., wellness tax incentives reward change.)
2. Wellness will be indiscernible — To prevent feelings of “forced wellness,” it will be seamlessly integrated into our daily lives without us even noticing! How? By designing and building homes and offices that have healthier standards to help keep us well. This includes increased air ventilation, replacing carpets and furniture with those whose materials have fewer toxins and chemicals.
3. A Workplace Wellness Culture — GWI forecasts that investments in creating healthy workforces will grow even more in the next 5-10 years. This in inevitable because the average Fortune 500 company currently spends 80 percent of its after-tax profits on employee medical costs. Therefore, companies will start implementing initiatives that counter workplace stress by promoting healthy work spaces, fair pay, mandatory vacations, disconnecting from work emails and calls after hours and offering a variety of wellbeing programs that all staff feel motivated to participate in.
The Wellness union can help find the right program that motivates your team. Find out more
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