“Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued,” said the philosopher Socrates.
While Socrates probably wasn’t discussing the value of workplace wellbeing when he said these words, his quote still holds relevance and value today when the topic is at hand. Today, this “good life,” that Socrates mentions is more commonly known as wellbeing – a phenomenon that’s taking the benefits industry by storm.
Just because wellbeing is the current darling of the benefits industry; that doesn’t mean that it’s something that comes easy. However, it is something that, when you put time and effort behind it, can make a big difference for your workforce, and ultimately, your company.
- Start where you are. It’s not often that you see huge changes on your population health in just a few months or even a year of having a wellbeing program in place. Rather, successful wellbeing programs, take time and commitment. Start where you are and the impact will come.
- There is no “one size fits all.” As you begin your wellbeing program, remember that no company is alike – it’s important to find the solutions that work for you and your employees first and foremost. Remember that wellbeing is more than just a step challenge (while a valuable part as well!) and includes areas like health (biometric screenings, education, etc.), mental health and financial wellness alongside the traditional definitions.
- Commit. A recent study by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign explored wellness programs and found no significant benefits – the catch, they only looked at programs for a single year. Successful wellbeing programs take time and commitment, but it’s not a journey you have to go on alone. With the right plan in place for your team, don’t hesitate to utilize resources, like population health consultants and health and wellness coaches, to continue helping you along the path towards success.
“Small changes have large impacts,” Mental Health America of Greater Houston Wellness Consultant Karen Hume said at a recent event. “Start where you are right now.”
DHS Group was recently recognized by the American Heart Association-Houston as an Early Adopter for the 2017 Workplace Health Achievement Award. The award comes on the heels of DHS Group’s continuing quest to offer a full-circle of wellbeing programming and offerings.
In addition to offering a multitude of benefits offerings (such as benefits administration and benefit strategy) and population health analytics, DHS Group’s HealthSpective Engage program focus on full-circle wellbeing with programs that focus on physical activity, health education and information, mental health and mindfulness and financial wellness.
DHS Group’s team of health and wellness coaches, customer success representatives, population health consultants and more are ready to help you put a wellbeing plan into action – starting with where you are, finding what’s right for you, and helping you make the commitment for the long haul.
To get started, contact us here.