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Why implementing a workplace wellness programme is a must for businesses in 2020

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Why implementing a workplace wellness programme is a must for businesses in 2020

Life gets busy. Especially nowadays; people are so career-driven that it becomes challenging to find the time to take care of themselves mentally, emotionally and physically.

And, as sad as it is, your employees’ wellness is essential if you want your business to be successful in today’s competitive marketplace. So, as a business owner, it’s your responsibility to educate your employees about their health, and mainly, offer an easy, yet effective opportunity to take care of themselves through wellness programmes.

But, before we get into the benefits of wellness programmes, it might be best to explain what it is first. A wellness programme is designed to help employees and encourage them to take care of themselves and their health. This initiative works best when an employer works with a group insurance scheme company.

Now, if you’re wondering “what is a group insurance scheme?” – a group insurance scheme is an insurance plan that covers your employees. Depending on the insurance company you choose, it can include employee benefits like group health insurance, life insurance, funeral, travel and credit cover. These employee insurance benefits are put in place to offer your employees and their families financial support if an employee can’t take care of their family, due to disability or illness.

When you incorporate a group wellness programme into your work culture, you’re able to help your employees manage their health so that they can do their work to the best of their abilities. So, now that you understand what a wellness programme is and what it offers, let’s take a look at the four benefits.


Improves productivity in the workplace

Every company owner wants to improve productivity. And it is possible if you take steps that truly benefit your employees – ones that make them want to work for you and produce their best work. Even though there are policies put in place to ensure employees come to work, you’re only receiving the best from them when they’re in the right mindset.

With that being said, one of the best ways you can improve productivity is by being proactive. Most of the time, people stay home for other reasons apart from being sick.

They stay at home because:

  • They need a mental health day.
  • They don’t feel physically fit to go to work, which could be from a burnout.
  • They have a problem balancing work and their personal life.
  • They have family issues they need to take care of.
  • They follow an unhealthy lifestyle.
  • They are struggling with economic health.
  • They have environmental issues.

And, although you won’t be able to help them with all these issues, promoting wellness has a domino effect – putting your employees in the right space to deal with their problems. For example, if you have a wellness programme that incorporates group cover benefit plans, they will firstly, be able to help their families because they’re in a good headspace to think of solutions. And secondly, they’ll have benefits put in place to help with additional expenses.

Those benefits can help their economic health too, depending on the circumstances. Lastly, the programme can encourage your employees to have a healthier lifestyle. So, even though you can’t help them with everything, the programme can help them deal with most of their problems. Which, in turn, makes happy and healthy employees more productive.


Helps lower employee health care costs

All-inclusive health care in South Africa is expensive, and this is sometimes a determining factor for employees who are job searching. So, when you offer your employees health care benefits, you help them cover costs and promote healthy living. This will help to reduce health costs as employees won’t need to see doctors as often. It’s a win-win situation.


Helps employees be the best version of themselves

Everyone wants to be healthier, but the problem lies with not having enough resources to achieve your health goals. And, although you can’t offer your employees everything, as health isn’t a one size fit all, you can find effective solutions that can work for many of your workers. If you think about it, your employees spend most of their time at work. So, it makes sense to have programmes at work that help them become the best version of themselves.

You can add the following programmes:

  • Smoke cessation programmes
  • Diet and weight loss programmes
  • Massage therapy
  • Yoga classes
  • Health and wellness seminars

Although there are many other programmes your company can include, these are guidelines of what’s in the market currently. Find programmes that will enrich your employees’ lives.


Retain your most skilled employees

Everyone wishes to be satisfied with their jobs, and job satisfaction helps to retain workers. But satisfaction doesn’t only come from changing jobs; it comes from being satisfied in your life, being motivated, engaged at work, and being appreciated. If your employees are healthy, they will feel motivated; they’ll engage more, and be overall happy employees.


Final thoughts

Although you can’t solve all your employees’ problems, you can help and encourage them to take care of their mental, physical and emotional health. Because unfortunately, many health issues are caused by people not taking care of themselves. And, when people are more aware and have help on their doorstep, this can help employees’ deal with pressure from their work and personal life. In turn, making them better employees who continuously produce quality work. Because at the end of the day, happy works will bring in more sales.

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