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Worksite Wellness: Small Steps to Healthier Employees


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Many chronic health problems are caused by unhealthy, modifiable risk factors. Learn the importance of a health lifestyle and how implement a healthy behavior change program within your workplace.

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Worksite Wellness: Small Steps to Healthier Employees

  1. 1. Worksite Wellness Small Steps to Healthier Employees Brought to you by: Solutions Insurance Agencies
  2. 2. Health Care Facts <ul><li>The United States spends more on health care than any other country in the world annually. * </li></ul><ul><li>Many health problems are a direct result of an unhealthy lifestyle (smoking, lack of exercise, poor diet, excess stress, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>* Source: The World Health Organization </li></ul>
  3. 3. Health Care Facts: Lifestyle Choices <ul><li>Unhealthy employee behaviors cost U.S. employers an average of $670 per employee each year. Obesity accounts for about $400 of those costs.* </li></ul><ul><li>Alcohol and drug abuse costs the American economy $193 billion per year in lost productivity, health care expenditures and crime. ** </li></ul><ul><li>Tobacco use costs employers billions of dollars each year in medical care, workers’ compensation, disability benefits and lost productivity. </li></ul><ul><li>* Source: Society for Human Resource Management </li></ul><ul><li>** Source: The National Drug Intelligence Center </li></ul>
  4. 4. Health Care Facts: Preventable Illness <ul><li>Researchers have estimated that preventable illness makes up approximately 70 percent of the burden of illness and the associated costs in this country. * </li></ul><ul><li>* Source: The Wellness Councils of America </li></ul>
  5. 5. Worksite Wellness = Solution
  6. 6. Definition of Workplace Wellness <ul><li>Workplace wellness programs are long-term strategies for reducing benefit costs through sustained improvements in workforce health. </li></ul><ul><li>This may include: </li></ul><ul><li>Education classes </li></ul><ul><li>Subsidized use of fitness facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Internal policies that promote healthy behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Other activities, policies or environmental changes that affect the health of employees </li></ul>
  7. 7. Benefits of a Wellness Program <ul><li>Lower health plan utilization, which in turn lowers health benefit costs and increases bottom line </li></ul><ul><li>Improved employee health </li></ul><ul><li>Improved productivity as healthy employees tend to perform better </li></ul><ul><li>Reduction in sick leave absenteeism </li></ul><ul><li>Improved reputation as a company who cares about their employees – aids in recruiting and community perception </li></ul><ul><li>Improved employee morale and stronger employee retention </li></ul>
  8. 8. Worksite Wellness Trends
  9. 9. Worksite Wellness Trends <ul><li>The most common wellness initiatives include: </li></ul><ul><li>Onsite flu shots </li></ul><ul><li>General health and safety communications for employees </li></ul><ul><li>Weight management programs </li></ul><ul><li>Health fairs </li></ul><ul><li>Health risk assessments </li></ul><ul><li>Smoking cessation programs </li></ul><ul><li>However, it is important to learn about your employee group and develop programs that address their particular goals, risks and needs. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Worksite Wellness Trends <ul><li>Many companies are offering incentives to participate in wellness programs, such as: </li></ul><ul><li>Cash </li></ul><ul><li>Gift certificates and merchandise discounts </li></ul><ul><li>Days off </li></ul><ul><li>Lower medical premiums </li></ul><ul><li>FSA , HRA or HSA credits </li></ul>
  11. 11. Creating a Workplace Wellness Program
  12. 12. Creating a Workplace Wellness Program <ul><li>Gain Upper Management Support </li></ul><ul><li>Management must understand the benefits of the program for both the employees and the organization, and be willing to put funds towards its development, implementation and evaluation. </li></ul><ul><li>To capture senior-level support: </li></ul><ul><li>Link health promotion to business goals, values and strategic priorities. </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss the specific benefits to the company as employees become healthier (health care costs will decline, productivity will improve, etc.). </li></ul><ul><li>Engage mid-level management to participate to show that the program is for everyone. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Creating a Workplace Wellness Program <ul><li>Create a Wellness Team </li></ul><ul><li>Your team should be individuals who will have a role in program development, implementation and evaluation. </li></ul><ul><li>Role of a wellness team: </li></ul><ul><li>Help to garner “buy-in” from both management and participants. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a program that is responsive to the needs of all potential participants. </li></ul><ul><li>Responsible for overseeing all of the company’s wellness efforts, including implementation and evaluation of various programs and activities. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Creating a Workplace Wellness Program <ul><li>Tailor Your Initiatives to Employee Needs </li></ul><ul><li>Gather data to help assess your employees’ health interests and risks. </li></ul><ul><li>Data can be collected in the following ways: </li></ul><ul><li>Employee interest surveys </li></ul><ul><li>Health risk assessments </li></ul><ul><li>Claims data analysis to determine current employee disease risks </li></ul><ul><li>Biometric testing </li></ul>
  15. 15. Creating a Workplace Wellness Program <ul><li>Create an Annual Plan </li></ul><ul><li>An annual operating plan should include a mission statement for the program, along with specific, measurable short- and long-term goals. </li></ul><ul><li>Written plans can provide: </li></ul><ul><li>Link between wellness initiatives and the company’s needs and strategic priorities. </li></ul><ul><li>A means to evaluate the effectiveness of the program. </li></ul><ul><li>Direction as the program grows and changes. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Creating a Workplace Wellness Program <ul><li>Annual Operating Plan </li></ul><ul><li>A successful operating plan should include the following: </li></ul><ul><li>Vision statement outlining what you are trying to achieve with the program </li></ul><ul><li>Goals for the program </li></ul><ul><li>Program objectives and health initiatives to support them </li></ul><ul><li>A timeline </li></ul><ul><li>A budget </li></ul><ul><li>Communication plan </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation plan </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation – how will the success of the program be measured </li></ul>
  17. 17. Creating a Workplace Wellness Program <ul><li>Choose Appropriate Programs and Initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Select health initiatives that are relevant to the data you collected. </li></ul><ul><li>Should address risk factors of employees </li></ul><ul><li>Should be in line with what management and employees want from the program </li></ul>
  18. 18. Creating a Workplace Wellness Program <ul><li>Create a Supportive Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Provide employees with ongoing encouragement, support, opportunities and rewards. </li></ul><ul><li>Offer healthy food choices in your vending machines </li></ul><ul><li>Implement a no-smoking policy on your premises </li></ul><ul><li>Offer flexible scheduling arrangements that allow workers to exercise at their convenience </li></ul><ul><li>Reward healthy achievements </li></ul>
  19. 19. Creating a Workplace Wellness Program <ul><li>Consistently Evaluate Outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Take a close look at your goals and objectives, and determine whether you have achieved the desired result. </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation allows you to celebrate achieved goals and discontinue efforts that are not as successful. </li></ul><ul><li>Surveying employees again can be effective – after participating in the wellness program thus far, they can provide feedback about what they liked, what they would change, etc. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Creating a Workplace Wellness Program <ul><li>Getting Started… </li></ul><ul><li>Utilize some of our tools to get your program started: </li></ul><ul><li>Live Well, Work Well newsletters </li></ul><ul><li>Workplace Wellness educational articles </li></ul><ul><li>Prevention newsletters </li></ul><ul><li>Health and Wellness posters </li></ul><ul><li>Live Well, Work Well flyers </li></ul><ul><li>Solutions Insurance Agencies would be happy to provide these materials to help support your wellness initiatives. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Creating a Workplace Wellness Program
  22. 22. Creating a Workplace Wellness Program <ul><li>If your budget is tight but you want to start a wellness program, consider utilizing these resources that we can provide: </li></ul><ul><li>Employer’s Guide to Promoting Wellness in the Workplace </li></ul><ul><li>Needs and Interest Survey </li></ul><ul><li>Getting Your Program Started Guide </li></ul><ul><li>Wellness Program Work Plan </li></ul>
  23. 23. Creating a Workplace Wellness Program
  24. 24. Workplace Wellness Programs <ul><li>Let Solutions Insurance Agencies help you create a workplace wellness program today – we have all the tools you need to do so! </li></ul>© 2008-2009, 2011 Zywave, Inc. All rights reserved.