Retaining good employees is more difficult than ever these days. As the job market remains strong, it has become an ongoing challenge to attract and retain top talent. Companies are taking a closer look at how they can support their employees in a way that keeps them happier and healthier. The corporate wellness program model developed from companies’ commitment to helping their employees maintain a healthy lifestyle. In doing so, they have become an important resource in the field of preventive healthcare.
Corporate wellness programs have a two-fold benefit. On one hand, employee retention and satisfaction remains higher because they are able to pursue a healthy lifestyle, with the support of their employer. On the other hand, employers’ bottom line benefits from healthier, more productive employees who require less sick days and rack up less health care costs. On average, companies that invest in a corporate wellness program can offer a 10-30% decrease in workers’ compensation premiums for employees, and see a 30% decrease in workers’ compensation injury rates.
Today, corporate wellness programs vary widely from company to company. Some offer discounts to local gyms, while others bring personal training on-site. Companies in the San Francisco Bay Area are renowned for their efforts to offer innovative wellness benefits. For example, at 23andme all employees are offered a complete ergonomic workstation outfitting. Practice Fusion gives each new employee a FitBit device and encourages them to participate in goal-based fitness challenges to win prizes, and HGST Inc. actively promotes the CrossFit program to keep employees on their toes.
One thing you might have noticed is that these programs have a “one-size-fits-all” approach. While it makes things easy from a logistics perspective, it won’t have the effect of engaging and retaining as many employees as possible. Crossfit is not for everyone after all, some people prefer yoga or weight training. When employees’ personal preferences are supported in a wellness program, they are more likely to actively participate, thus fulfilling the preventive care goals of the company.
Personalization is Key to Successful Corporate Wellness Program
All consumer trends these days point to an increase in demand for personalized services. This trend was confirmed in a survey conducted by Health Fitness where 75% of respondents stated that they wanted to see more personalized options in their corporate wellness programs.
Giving employees the ability to manage their own fitness program using wellness resources provided by the company can be powerful. This is where corporate wellness programs have the potential to move from a “perk” to a component of preventive care that makes a real difference in employee health and wellness.
Create a Corporate Wellness Program that Really Works
Solid Health enables corporations of any size to provide their employees with a flexible, customizable way to manage their health. This unique fitness management platform offers four key benefits:
It’s important for employees to be able to maintain control over their fitness program. After all, if a program only offers yoga classes, that won’t seem very appealing to Stacy the runner, or Kevin the martial arts enthusiast. Sure, they may be motivated to try something new but it won’t help them progress in an area that they care about. Offering a wellness program that emphasizes the freedom to design one’s own fitness plan, and connect with professionals who can help reach those goals, is key to keeping employees engaged in the program.
Employees will be able to access to high quality preventive health care through Solid Health’s accessible network of
professional coaches. These experienced coaches can guide them through fully personalized workout and meal plans, as well as provide emotional support and motivation.
A common fear among employees is that they do not want their employer to have access to their private health data. This is not a risk with Solid Health, as the platform operates entirely separately from an organization’s human resources system. Even within the platform itself, the individual can choose what data to share with the network, and what to keep private.
With a comprehensive corporate fitness program there are many ways to track employee engagement and participation. The SolidFit mobile app allows athletes to easily log their workouts and meals, and connect with their coach to securely share health data. Solid Health shares predetermined employee activity with HR so they can confirm that employees are participating in the program as they claim.
Creating a corporate wellness program that offers personalized services to your employees can be easier than you think. SolidFit Professional offers several package options that can be incorporated into your existing wellness program – or replace it entirely.
The Professional platform gives you access to view which of your employees are working with which coach and their level of activity to confirm engagement metrics. Employees can take control by shopping in the marketplace for a coach, class, or program that works best for them. Solid Health provides programs that focus on Fitness, Nutrition, or a Complete combination of the two, and Challenges. Your company can use one of the templatized fitness programs to share with employees, or create your own. The possibilities are endless! Contact us now to get started.