Despite a commitment to developing effective corporate wellness plans, some programs don’t end up being successful. Workplace wellness is a $6 billion dollar industry in the US, indicating more and more organizations are adopting programs. However, not all companies are putting the right resources together to create an effective plan for their workforce. There can be several factors that result in the need to re-evaluate workplace wellness programs.
It’s important to understand that successful implementation of a wellness plan is hardly a “one-size-fits-all” process — which can make finding the right solution feel daunting. Perhaps your company is not yet realizing the true benefits that can be had with effective workplace wellness programs.The following are some common signs that it may be time to make changes to your wellness offerings:
There’s a general lack of enthusiasm from employees
Best practice indicates wellness programs are what companies need and what employees want. However, what happens when your employees are seemingly uninterested with current offerings? There can be various reasons for this, including a lack of effective communication addressing the programs and benefits provided. In other cases, some programs simply don’t meet the needs of employees. According to a report created by Welltok, “56% of employees say the health and wellbeing programs offered by their employers are irrelevant, wasting company time and money. Delivering more personalized programming would motivate over 80% of employees to participate more, along with a variety of non-cash incentives like paid time off and massages...” For tips to formulate an impactful communication plan, check out this article.
The program isn’t being used
Engagement is one of the leading metrics for determining a wellness program’s success. When there’s no engagement, no one is benefitting.This lack of engagement is often linked to either a general lack of enthusiasm, a misunderstanding of benefits or a misalignment of offerings and employee needs. If there’s been a dedicated effort to provide effective communication and there is still poor engagement, if might be time to re-evaluate what is being offered and how to boost interest through a change in offerings. Additional ways to boost employee engagement can be found here.
You can’t justify the cost of the programs you have now
Wellness programs can present a significant cost for employers, no matter how necessary they are. Some organizations can find themselves in partnerships that prove to be costly, creating financial stress. When the cost far outweighs the benefit experienced by both the employee and business, it’s time to find different partnerships.
You aren’t effectively tracking… anything
One key characteristic of a successful wellness plan is the ability to track and monitor engagement, progress and return on investment. Without metrics in place to understand enrollment, use and improvement, there’s no baseline for how effective your program is. If you aren’t currently leveraging metrics to analyze the impact of your workplace wellness benefits, it’s time to find solutions and/or partnerships that will help your organization leverage this capability into the future.
Even if you aren’t experiencing the results you want from the current benefits offered, it is possible to implement a successful workplace wellness program for your employees. Click here to explore how companies are implementing flexible, tailored solutions like ClassPass to provide the options the workforce wants.