Employers continue to observe positive impacts and returns from investing in health and wellness initiatives. Even without providing a ‘Cadillac’ program, similar to larger organizations, including Google, Zappos, Facebook, and Flight Centre, small businesses can still build an employee wellness program that yields results. Moreover, by having less complex programs, smaller businesses reap the benefits with minimal up-front investments. With stress identified as the epidemic of the 21st century by the World Health Organization and healthcare costs on the rise, companies would be prudent to embrace technology platforms to deploy an employee wellness program.
A corporate wellness program is a means to cultivate a holistic approach to employee wellbeing. Studies show that wellness programs boost productivity, entrench employee commitment, and promote an employer-of-choice brand in the talent market.
Technology integration is paving the way for organizations to provide an online platform solution for employees, with minimal costs. Through wearables and mobile devices, employees become empowered to invest, track, and own their own wellness journey, allowing customization for their unique goals. When considering the ingredients of a wellness program through an online platform, the following features should spark ideas:
- Nutrition Tracking
- Playful Competitions with Colleagues
- Health Assessments
- Educational Content
- Challenges and Goals
- Rewards and Incentives
- Recognition and Champion Status
- Brain and Meditation Exercises
- Reporting and Analytics
Corporate Wellness Platforms
When researching and selecting a wellbeing portal or wellness app for distribution to teams, employers should focus on scalability to ensure the program can keep up with a growing employee base. While there are more than 165,000 mobile health apps for individual use, there are 3 emerging market leaders for corporate wellness utilization:
For small businesses across Canada, an online platform that offers simple solutions is not only cost effective, but also an easy, approachable program for their employees. That is what we call at Atled a “win win”.