How to get the best out of your corporate well being program

Corporate health and well being has really come to the forefront of employers minds the last few years. With employees spending increasingly more time at work (on average over 70% of employees are working over 44 hours a week), employers have needed to help their employees maintain their health, fitness, mental and physical well being more than ever.

The cost to businesses when employees are sick, be it need to go to doctors appointments for that niggling knee injury, constantly getting the flu, or being constantly stressed is on the rise with it estimated to have cost the Australian economy in excess of $7 Billion dollars per year.

Step 1; Ask Employees what they would benefit from

Asking your employees what they would like in a well being initiative is going to be the best way to ensure that they get the most from it and that you get maximum employee participation. Constructing a survey is the best way to gauge this feedback - ask them what would you do for your health if you had an hour to yourself everyday. This may be something like get a massage, go to the physio or chiro, get a personal trainer, go for a walk. This is then going to be the best indication of how to structure the program and what to include so that it's likely to get maximum participation.