How to Promote Workplace Wellness

The physical and mental well-being of your employees is essential. At Nextep, we’re doing what we can to ensure our employees are healthy and stay that way. Keeping up with your employees’ well-being can be challenging, so here are a few ways employers are promoting workplace wellness today.

CREATING A CULTURE OF MENTAL WELLBEING

Employees want to feel safe at work. Create an environment that encourages people to take care of their mental and physical wellbeing, be flexible when employees have visits with healthcare professionals, and make sure employees feel empowered to take time off, especially if they’re going through a tough time.

It’s good to survey your employees to determine what wellness measures are valuable to them and if you’re doing a good job at meeting their needs. Offering in-office health screenings, including flu shots and biometric screenings, shows your employees you care about their health. You can also point employees to mental health resources and consider providing benefits that promote mental well-being, such as meditation apps, on-site massages, and an Employee Assistance Program.

HAVE A TELEHEALTH SERVICE

Employers learned the value of offering telemedicine during the national shutdown when many doctors’ offices were closed and millions were homebound. Nextep clients and employees have easy access to Teladoc for non-medical emergencies.* Teledoc also offers mental health services! Telehealth doctors are available 24/7/365 to provide quality care through the convenience of phone or video consults. Telehealth can save your employees time and money.

CREATE A WELLNESS PROGRAM OR CHALLENGES

Many employers offer discounts to gyms, but there are also many online options. Businesses that partner with Nextep have free access to the Attain by Aetna app, which allows employees to meet weekly health goals while earning an Apple Watch or gift cards.

We recommend having an internal wellness committee that creates healthy challenges for our employees. Challenges can include goals like drinking more water, walking one mile a day, meditation, or taking care of your mental health. Assess your employees to help create your wellness program or challenges. If those strategies don’t work for you, you can find resources promoting general wellness to share with your employees.

While the physical health of employees is crucial, it’s also important to remember mental well-being. If you’re an employer of choice, you likely already offer an employee assistance program (EAP). If not you might think about creating one. An EAP can help employees with mental health resources as well as provide plenty of info on nutrition and exercise. Nextep employees and clients use our EAP, Resources for living, for a variety of tools.

For more resources, visit our Mental Health Resources page in the Nextep Wellness Hub. Still have questions? Let Nextep help you be an employer that promotes workplace wellness. Contact us by scheduling a meeting or giving us a call at 888.811.5150.

*Additional fees may apply. Log into your Teladoc account to learn more about available services and fees. Nextep employees can also contact the benefits team with questions about plan details.

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