How to Make a Workplace Wellness Program Stick

How to Achieve Work/Life Balance

By Matt Alderton

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Workplace wellness programs work, benefiting both employers and employees. So suggest the results of a recent survey, "The State of Workplace Wellness in America." Conducted by Alliance for a Healthier Minnesota, which asked business leaders in six states about workplace wellness, the survey found that workplace wellness programs lead to lower health care costs (84 percent), healthier employees (96 percent), increased productivity (84 percent) and reduced absenteeism (78 percent).

Unfortunately, implementing workplace wellness programs isn't always easy, according to Alliance for a Healthier Minnesota, which found that concerns about cost (65 percent), participation (59 percent) and time (54 percent) keep many organizations from implementing them.

If participation is keeping your company from implementing a workplace wellness program, Rieva Lesonsky — a contributor to the Small Business Trends blog — has a solution: Make it relevant.

"The best wellness programs are customized to fit your company culture and employees' needs," Lesonsky says. "If your company is staffed by 20-something beach Frisbee players, gym memberships or standing desks might be in order. If most of your team are 40-something moms, stress and weight loss might be their big issues."

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