Wellness incentives help reward and encourage healthy employee choices like regular exercise, annual checkups, smoking cessation and nutritious cooking.
If your company isn’t already using wellness incentives, now’s a great time to start!
May is Global Employee Health and Fitness Month, with Employee Health and Fitness Day celebrated the third Wednesday of the month — this year on May 17.
All month, organizations across the country are raising awareness about the benefits of a healthy workplace.
Healthy employees are better employees.
A study of more than 20,000 employees at three large, geographically dispersed U.S. companies found that employees who exercised more and ate more fruits and vegetables had better performance and much lower absenteeism than their less health-conscious coworkers.
This month, help equip your employees with the knowledge and tools they need to improve their wellbeing — and help them develop habits that will last year-round! Incentivizing healthy choices is a great way to reinforce the benefits and encourage longterm lifestyle changes.
Employee Health & Fitness Month: How to Get Involved
According to the Health.gov, this month is the perfect opportunity to start or promote a workplace wellness program.
What sets apart excellent wellness programs? CEOs who are committed to them.
A blog post by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion explains that employers, as providers of workplace wellness programs, “have a tremendous opportunity to help their employees see the value of adopting healthier behaviors so they can live healthier lives.”
But it isn’t enough for a wellness program to be an HR side project. It must have the full support of leadership: “Studies of employee wellness programs consistently find that executive leadership is critical to employee engagement. If employees believe creating a culture of physical activity is an executive priority, employees are more likely to be physically active.”
The government office encourages company leadership everywhere to sign the “CEO Pledge” as an “evidence-based strategy” for improving employee wellbeing. The pledge states:
For the betterment of my company, our employees, their families and the community, I pledge to improve employee health and wellness by providing opportunities and resources for physical activity before, during or after the workday, and to enhance my own health and wellness by engaging in regular physical activity.
Molly Yatso Butz, USA Today columnist and Oshkosh Community YMCA health and wellness director, identifies big benefits for companies and CEOs willing to make the commitment.
For companies, these benefits include:
- Enhanced employee productivity
- Lower overall healthcare costs
- Fewer hospitalizations for employees with chronic illness
- Reduced injuries and illness
- Less absenteeism and “presenteeism”
Employees also experience benefits:
- Lower levels of stress
- Increased wellbeing
- Improved physical fitness and mental health
- Healthier body weight
“Now is the time to bring new life to an existing wellness program or start a new program at your workplace,” she writes. “During the month of May, employers should consider bringing an activity to their workforce that encourages movement, offers a health message, is fun, and that anyone, regardless of their current fitness level, can participate in.”
The Best Wellness Incentives to Reward Employees
Activity possibilities for Employee Health & Fitness Month abound! Summer is around the corner, and employees will be excited to participate in workplace activities that promote fitness, health and the outdoors, like Bike to Work Day.
Wellness incentives ensure that the initial excitement of starting a new health activity will last and develop into a sustainable habit.
Share wellness incentives that further enhance employees’ healthy choices — a gift certificate for groceries, or fruits and vegetables, redeemable at virtually any grocery store nationwide!
The healthy and practical gift of gThankYou! Fruits & Vegetables Gift Certificates or gThankYou! Grocery Gift Certificates encourages employees to cook fresh meals at home or grab nutritious snacks to bring to work.
Best of all, gThankYou food gift certificates are a gift of choice — employees get to decide what, when and where to shop. They’re wellness incentives that help build a culture of workplace wellbeing.
Global Employee Health & Fitness Month is just the beginning. Here’s to year-round employee health!
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