Lack of communication within an organization creates ambiguity. When a hostile environment is created, perks and benefits can do so little to retain employees.
88 percent of companies claim to have an employee wellness program, but is this offer backed by research or just a trend adoption?
If you’re not offering a wellness program that’s relevant to your employees, you’re incurring cost without improving productivity or employee motivation.
Why do your employees hate your wellness program?
The job role
An employee is aware that a stressful job is detrimental to their health. Complex jobs are difficult to manage and instead of simplifying the job role, employers rely on wellness programs to keep employees productive. This can severely impact the employee’s stance toward your wellness program.
Relationship with the manager
Workplace culture and manager-employee relationships have a great impact on employees. Employees need recognition and a healthy work-relationship. And a wellness program can’t fulfill this need.
Wellness program are for the overall wellbeing of your employees. It will not resolve underlying issues in your organization. Don’t expect employees to be engaged if managers aren’t treating their teams fairly.
Irrelevant wellness program
Introducing a wellness program without inquiring about your employees’ needs can lead to a company-wide dissatisfaction and waste of company resources. Your plan needs to be multi-dimensional, offering programs that are relevant and sought-for by your employees. You can’t force all your employees to benefit from a generic plan. Some sort of customization and flexibility is required to appeal to the general masses.
Your program lacks creativity and element of fun
A wellness program is designed to relax and revitalize employees, so they can be more productive at their job. But if your employee sees your program as an unnecessary ordeal, the program has failed.
When you’re asking employees to invest some time at the gym or at a screening test, be creative. Use social media groups to inquire what your employee wants. Incentivize healthy activities; for example ask employees to post a gym selfie and the picture that gets the most likes, gets a free lunch.
Lack of communication
Employees need to be reminded and educated about the wellness program. Sending emails or memos to connect with a tech-savvy generation creates a communication gap.
Companies that invest in wellness Apps, tend to engage with employees on a personal level.
Wellness program can be a hassle for the employees, if enforced by the employer. Employees want wellness, but on their own terms. Companies that fail to incorporate technology in their program, find it difficult to educate employees about their wellness program.
Take JS Benefits Group’s help to design a well-rounded wellness programto keep your employees happy and motivated.
We are a group of employee benefit consultants and HR consulting firm in Pennsylvania. Our wellness programs can be accessed through mobile application and desktop. Along with designing and implementation of programs, we also provide HR consultation. Call 877 355-6070 and get a custom benefit plan for your company.