Dec 26 2018
“Effectiveness of wellness strategies differ based on the
Keeping employees healthy could go a long way in boosting the workplace morale
and performance. A culture of wellness has a big role to play in employee
retention. In fact, the 2017
Cigna 360° Well-being Survey found that 59% of employees say that a
workplace wellness culture would impact their decision in joining a new
Investing in employee wellness makes for strong business sense. Healthy employees
take fewer sick days off and are also more engaged with their work. In fact, as
per Mercer studies, sick
leave could cost Singapore a whooping S$3.3 billion of productivity loss by
2030, as employers have to bear the wage cost of both the sick employee
and the temporary stand-in as well.
employees also affect workplace morale and productivity. No one likes to
be bombarded with additional work, especially at a short notice (which is likely
the case for sickness absenteeism). For small businesses with limited manpower,
such an impromptu change of plans could throw things into disarray. Establishing
a culture of wellness is vital for all sizes of business.
Here are some essential steps to consider for creating a culture of wellness.
1. First, understand the company culture and employee needs.
Effectiveness of wellness strategies differ based on the company culture. Also,
conducting prior employee surveys with employees is a good way to find out more
about their needs (such as “are they more keen on physical activities or a
healthy eating campaign”) and adopt appropriate strategies.
2. Set well-defined wellness goals. After formulating the
right-fit wellness strategy, employees prefer, it is important to set SMART
goals to motivate and engage them, and also measure the success of such
initiatives. Sometimes, pitting
employees in challenges against one another may also stimulate them to
3. Creating a favourable working environment. It is
important to ensure that employees feel comfortable in their workstations, both
physically and mentally. It is worth
investing in ergonomic equipment, give employees regular stretch breaks,
and correct their postures. If fancy office chairs are out of budget,
standing desk may also do the trick.
4. Offer incentives that encourage good health. It does not
suffice to encourage employees to adopt a healthy lifestyle without the right
incentives to “nudge” them. Employees are not going to sign up for yoga classes
or change their diet just because the employers tell them to. They are also more
likely to follow suit when their employer is seriously involved in such
5. Don’t let it be an one-off affair. A wellness culture
will never take off if it is not sustainable. The initial hype from the launch
of the wellness programme should not be allowed to die down over time.
Old habits die hard, and results may not be visible immediately. Also, there is a
need to constantly evaluate and make improvements to the wellness strategy to
ensure its long-term success.
Finally, employers need to embrace Digital Workplace Benefits
Management. The traditional one-size-fits-all way of handling employee
benefits is mundane, slow and tedious. Furthermore, employees want to have a
benefits plan that’s simple and flexible to choose as per their needs. This not
only strengthens employee engagement, but maximises the gains from every dollar
of investment. Providing employees with new options at certain milestones can
also be a good way of retaining your top talent.
Chris has spent the last 10 years in the Insurance industry. Prior to starting Mednefits, Chris spent 4 years at AXA in business development and managing their direct portfolio. Chris is passionate about technology and design. He hopes to leverage on technology to reduce inefficiencies in the healthcare sector to deliver a better healthcare experience for companies and individuals - the kind we want for ourselves, and our loved ones.
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