Do you know why employee wellness is so important for your small business? Many employers report that healthier employees show up to work more often, are more productive, and visit the doctor less frequently. Not only is this beneficial to your business’s bottom line, it’s extremely beneficial to the employees themselves. Implementing a wellness program for your small business doesn’t have to mean having an on-site gym or an in-house personal trainer. Here are some simple things your company can do to start encouraging wellness among employees.
Clean Out Vending Machines: Replace junk food like cookies and salty snacks with healthier options such as granola bars and reduced-fat or low-calorie treats.
Invest in Pedometers: This is a great way for your staff to keep track of the number of daily steps they take. You could even start a walking competition at work.
Give Employees the Facts: Did you know that a Burger King Whopper with cheese has 770 calories and 48 grams of fat? While most people are passively aware of how unhealthy fast food is, having the facts laid out can encourage them to want to do something about it. A good website to use to track calories is CalorieKing.com.
Offer Health-Risk Assessments: These can be based on a user’s family health history, eating habits, and physical activity. Be sure to make these voluntary and confidential. You should assure employees that the results won’t be shared with anyone.
Review Claims: When it’s time to renew your company’s health insurance, look at your claims data. If you know many employees have blood-pressure problems, consider bringing in speakers to talk about managing it or screeners from a local hospital or clinic.
As you can see, there are many things your small business can do to encourage wellness among your employees. At Capital Insurance, we understand that you need the coverages and the peace of mind that your employees find with Group Health Insurance as part of your Employee Benefits plan. Please contact us today at (888) 296-0418 for more information.