Each year, a list of the healthiest companies to work for in America is released. The list honors organizations that have created a corporate culture of well-being and helped their employees live happier and healthier lives.
The organizations that make the list might not seem to have a lot in common on the surface. They are different sizes, headquartered in different parts of the country, and belong to vastly different industries. But what these companies do have in common is their steadfast commitment to employee health.
By focusing on organization-wide wellness and encouraging all their employees to achieve an optimal level of health, these trailblazing employers have accomplished amazing results. Their commitment to corporate health and wellness has led to decreased healthcare costs, reduced employee absenteeism, and improved employee retention and productivity. As an additional bonus, these health and wellness programs have boosted morale and overall employee sentiment, making these companies employers of choice in their respective industries.
So, what lessons can other organizations learn from the top 5 healthiest companies? Continue reading to find out:
Have a Vision
First and foremost, have a vision. The most effective corporate health and wellness programs are planned with a clear understanding of the challenges and goals faced by their employees, and are designed to directly address those challenges and goals.
For example, one California-based company found that its employees were having a hard time fitting physical activity into their regular routines. By encouraging physical activity in the workplace, including adding an on-campus fitness center, the organization had a direct impact on the health of its employees.
Even the most well-designed corporate wellness program will be ineffective if employees don’t participate. The healthiest companies know that to achieve tangible results, their health and wellness programs must engage employees.
HR managers can start by making wellness fun—try creating a workplace nutrition challenge, or organizing a company-wide soccer league.
Empower Employees with Knowledge
Education is a key aspect of a healthy lifestyle: to make healthy lifestyle changes and decisions, people require information and education. So, the most effective wellness programs include employee education as a foundational offering.
For instance, a Texas-based grocery store chain regularly invites national experts to speak to their employees about health, as well as hosting a week-long “healthcare boot camp” for interested employees.
Seek Out Expertise
Another aspect these healthy companies all have in common? They seek out expertise.
Implementing a health and wellness program can be challenging. While you don’t need to be a large, fortune 500 company to reap the benefits of corporate wellness, you do need to have a thoughtfully-designed program that engages employees and directly addresses their specific health needs and challenges.
Partnering with an expert in employee health and wellness can ensure that you achieve these objectives and obtain the best possible results from your wellness program initiative.
This idea is mirrored in Ron Friedman’s The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace. Here, he outlines the science behind thriving at the workplace and the factors that take a company from ordinary to extraordinary, including the benefits of healthy atmosphere.