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Investing in the wellness of your employees


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Why companies need a Chief Wellness Officer

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Investing in the wellness of your employees

  1. 1. Do you agree with these statements ?Employees are our most important assetHealth is wealthHealthy employees = healthy bottom lines
  3. 3. Why programs failNot enough moneyNot enough management supportEmployees do not understand the importance of health and wellnessEmployees are not interestedOften, it’s the managers themselves who create the unhealthy behaviour by stressing the employees !
  4. 4. Why don’t employees participate ?WITFM ? HR department is implementing the program for the company , not for me.Lack of trust ! What is being done with my personal health information ?Programs are not tailored to my needsI am required to use personal time to participateBoring !
  5. 5. Engaging employees is key to successBe realistic. Employees will not change lifestyles simply because you tell them to do so . It’s hard to get people to change their behaviour !Company DNA needs to change.Design a comprehensive program to apply to all employees, from CEO to peonProvide incentives
  6. 6. The ideal programOffers several options since one method will not work for the entire employee populationEncourages behavior changeProvides quantifiable, sustainable resultsContributes to a quality work environmentHelps you to be an employer of choiceCreates Buzz !
  7. 7. Best practices1. Obtain Executive Support.2. Fund It Appropriately.3. Staff It. Need a team of wellness champions4. Design an Effective Marketing and Communications Program. You need to sell it !
  8. 8. Lead by example !Papa, Don’t Preach !Will not work if executives do not participate themselves. Does your CEO take the stairs ?What do you do ?
  9. 9. Strategies for a successful program# 1 : Health screening# 2 : Health education. Information, & self help tools# 3 : Organized activities# 4 : Individual follow up & treatment# 5 : Incentives and rewards# 6 : Supportive workplace environment
  10. 10. Blended model – different strokes for different folks !1. Online2. Real world3. Coaching
  11. 11. Online. Digital backboneAvailable 24/7Inexpensive.
  12. 12. Real worldTalksHealth fairs.Gym memberships.Health Risk AssessmentsWellness library in the canteen
  13. 13. CoachingDirect support from a health coach. The employee builds a relationship with the coach who acts as an advocate.Online coaching is cost effective !
  14. 14. Proving ROI1. Programs should be customized. One size does not fit all.2. Phase in the programs according to your budget.3. Something (done well) is better than nothing.4. Do not be afraid of measurement. Collect data !VOI ( value on investment) vs ROI ( return on investment)It takes at least 18 months from the launch of a Company Wellness program to see any impact.
  15. 15. Measuring ROIParticipation: The easiest to measure.Satisfaction: Another easily measured variable.Behavior changes: Better lifestyle choices.Biometrics: Blood pressure, BMI, body weight and cholesterol are great targetsProductivity: Absenteeism measuresMedical claims: 25 to 40 percent of all medical insurance claims are avoidable through prevention, early detection and the reduction of modifiable health risk factors.
  16. 16. It’s all connected.Wellness is no longer a “nice to have”; it’s a business strategy.Healthy employees have higher levels of engagement and productivity. Healthy companies outperform their competition.Low employee engagement and high work-related stress leads to unhealthy employees.Unhealthy employees lead to higher costs and lower productivity.
  17. 17. Chief Wellness OfficerPeople must live healthier lifestyles, but they need help. They spend most of their time at work, so HR has a great opportunity to help them. What’s more “human” than helping people get healthy?Wellness is a valuable growth strategy.
  18. 18. Why do so many employee wellness programs fail ?Typical employee wellness programs are too focused on health and not enough on happiness. Need to engage employees first, and then make them healthy.A wellness program that isn’t being used has zero chance of success. The Carrot Is Tastier Than The StickSmall changes in behavior lead to huge results.
  19. 19. Doctors are part of the problemThe Indian healthcare system has become sick. Doctors are illness experts – and not healthcare experts.Your employees are the true experts on their health.Give them the tools – and learn from them !Make it fun !
  20. 20. The Buck Stops Here !Take ownership of the problemPositive DevianceChallenging task = Great opportunity !