Low Cost Employee Wellness Program Ideas

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Employers are in a never ending battle against balancing the finances and keeping overheads as low as possible. One of the most important overheads relates to employees. Just paying them their salaries is not enough sometimes, although it can be considered an option. Hiring talent or retaining existing talent works better when the employees know and notice that they are being cared for, rather than just being compensated for their job. And this is where benefits take hold.

Benefits can be in numerous forms, but even providing benefits can provide costly to many employers; especially when they are engaged in keeping the overhead costs down. Wellness programs seem to be the most beneficial for employees. It has been found that these programs enhance the employees’ productivity by augmenting their physical and psychological well-being.

These programs are quite cost-effective too, which means it won’t put a big hole in your company’s budget. So let’s look at some of the low cost employee wellness plans.

Medical welfare -

Hospitals are very expensive for treatment. And it’s doubly expensive when the employer needs to pay for the health insurance premiums. Although health insurance is a necessity in some places, the health insurance premiums can at least curtailed to some extent by offering some cheap remedies in the work environment. Examples include meditation, yoga, chair massages, etc. Even discounts under corporate membership schemes can be an attractive option.

A workout area or onsite gym in the office is also a good idea to have employees exercise and avail its benefits. If the capital expense is not an option, complimentary or corporate gym or club memberships can be passed on to the employees. When they care about their physical fitness, the need for medical attention for health disorders reduces quite a bit.

Having some greenery in the office can help get rid of stale, carbon dioxide rich air and replace it with oxygenated, fresh air. This will also help improve their overall health and aid quick recoveries.

Ergonomic chairs and desktops can be another way to keep the long term medical benefits of a relaxed body in context. The working environment should be efficiently lit, to prevent problems concerning eyesight of the employees.

If you have a catering system or snack machines, keeping low fat, low-calorie food on the menu can help balance skipped meals or irregular eating habits.

There are some insurance companies who provide subsidised pension plans as well as healthcare cover as group policies. These are quite flexible and allow employees to join up with equal and active participation from the employers.

Reduce stress  -

Workloads and stress are interrelated. However, workloads cannot be adjusted without hampering overall productivity. But stress can be reduced, without spending a fortune on treating the related disorders.

Allocate entertainment zones or stress-free areas where your employees can relax when they are under pressure or are experiencing crunch time. You can have arcade games, some consoles and video games as well as some TVs in there. The employees can let go of their stress and vent out their frustration.

Annual trips to health spas and overseas conferences can be a great boost to fight the monotony of the place. These trips can be combined with professional seminars and award ceremonies to boost your employee satisfaction and increase their professional skill at the same time. If you add a wellness fair to it, it’s even better because that’s when the employees would be the most receptive towards advice, apparently.

Reward schemes and incentives can also work wonders. Not only do these improve the morale of the employees affected, but it actually converts the employee into turning the stressful job into a productive one. Now if you could extend this program to health and wellness, the employees will be motivated to keep themselves in shape, so to say, and reap the rewards.

There are even more options that can help you cut costs on welfare while still making it available to the people who keep your organisation running smoothly, like intricate cogs in a well-oiled machine. In your case, the oil is the welfare that keeps these cogs running without friction.