There is no such thing as a perfect organization. Employee problems are inevitable. No matter how much scrutiny goes into the hiring process, the reality is there will be many unforeseen problems that will definitely surface only in given situations.
Employee problems range from attitude concerns, under performance, absences, insubordination, and so many other obvious problems, but there is now new concern businesses are taking notice of—poor employee health. If you think about it, this may seem like a personal problem and not something the employer should be concerned of, but a closer look will show a direct relation between increased business spending, lower profits, and poor employee health.
Organizations spend a great deal of money on employee health insurance premiums. Each employee is entitled to a health insurance. Studies have shown a considerable increase in insurance costs paid by employers over the past years, and the increase is due to poor lifestyle practices that result to poor health and preventable diseases. Imagine having to pay thousands of dollars for health premiums on illnesses that can totally be prevented. If you were the employer paying thousands on something that can be prevented what would you do?
Yes, you guessed it right. The answer is to prevent these health concerns from happening in the first place, so you don’t need to spend so much on employee health premiums. Unfortunately, it’s easier said than done. You can’t force your employees to hit the gym regularly and eat healthy food. You can’t force them to quit smoking or join wellness programs if they don’t feel like it. One of the biggest employee problems is definitely their personal health.
Since you can’t force employees to be conscious about their health, there are now organizations that are paying their employees to join wellness programs! Yes, they pay people just to join such programs!
Would you like to do the same? Here’s how you can start
There are great incentives you can offer your staff if they participate in physical activities, nutrition seminars, and exercise programs. You can offer monetary incentives or other tangible items like gym gear, gadgets, or gift certificates. By doing this, employees will be more encouraged and even challenged to join in and work for the prizes. Make it really fun and interesting for the people. Don’t promote a boring workout session that no one will ever bother to join. Make it fun and interesting; highlight the incentives up for grabs.
Track the difference in spending between health care premiums and the incentives you will be giving away. You will be surprised to see that you will save so much at the end of the year, and gain so much satisfaction by seeing healthier staff in a healthier work environment. Slowly, you will be able to lessen one of your biggest employee problems. To top it off, healthy employees will also be able to finish work faster, so more work could be done, and the OT hours you’re paying will decrease.
Of course, this should still be voluntary. Make sure you ask staff to journal their participation, and make the necessary systems to ensure that employee attendance and participation is monitored consistently. Develop a criteria for rewarding incentives, so that you are able to reward participants fairly. Encouraging employee health could be one of the best practices you can develop in the organization.
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