Workplace wellness programs will only continue to grow in popularity as employers realize the benefits (happier and more loyal employees, fewer absences, lower healthcare costs, etc.). Protecting health will gain momentum like protecting the environment has. Once everyone realized the mutual benefits of being more environmentally friendly, supplying the demand brought about many new initiatives. Pilates is ideal for workplace wellness programs. With the right instruction, it is a simple program that can be very effective.
"In ten session you'll feel the difference, in twenty you'll see the difference, and in thirty you'll have a whole new body." -Joseph Pilates
Adding a wellness program to your office doesn't have to be challenging. There are a few steps to follow for a wellness program:
1) What do you hope to accomplish with a wellness program?
2) Which health issues and behaviors do you want to address? With all employees or just those who are less healthy? What about their family members
3) Will you use health screenings, education, activities, incentives, support systems?
4) What data can you gather to really hone in on focus areas?
5) How will you get your employees input and engagement?
6) Are you prepared to have a wellness program for at least a year to really see the effects and show employees you're committed?
With 68% of Americans overweight or obese, employers will have to start offering wellness programs within the workplace. Not only will employee health improve, the typical return on investment is $3 for every $1 spent. The wellness program will help send the message to everyone that their health matters and offer additional opportunity for people to build that healthy lifestyle into their daily lives.
Want to learn more about employee wellness programs? Check-out: Healthy Employees, Healthy Business: Easy, Affordable Ways to Promote Workplace Wellness