A typical employee wellness program includes health education, weight management counseling and medical clinics, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An employee wellness program may also include an on-site fitness center and vending machines with healthy snack alternatives.
Employee wellness programs help lower health insurance costs, increase productivity and reduce absenteeism, states Nolo. Employers can motivate employees to participate in wellness programs by offering both financial and non-financial incentives, suggests Occupational Health and Safety. For example, incentives such as assigned parking, employee achievement awards, clothing or other gifts can help motivate employees to exercise regularly or to quit smoking.
Employers can create an employee wellness program by first implementing policies that help protect employee health, according to Nolo. For example, creating a non-smoking environment can help employees quit smoking and prevent other employees from inhaling second-hand smoke. Walking clubs, periodic group stretching sessions and hosting informational health seminars with health professionals also help create a healthier workplace.
Employers can offer financial incentives to help pay for at-home gym equipment or fitness DVDs and online training sessions for employees who want to exercise before or after work, as Entrepreneur suggests. Employers can increase employee participation by allowing employees to choose from a variety of workout options.