Wellness programs are a great way to encourage well-being throughout your workforce. In the past, they’ve been created with in-office gyms, on-site physical activity, or on-site medical check-ups. However, as more people are moving remotely, business owners are having to think of ways to reach their remote workers as well as onsite workers. Here are some ways you can include remote workers in your wellness programs:
If the internet world is where your employees are at, then it’s time you move wellness there too. Instead of having on-site exercise classes, consider live–streaming classes or using recordings so employees can participate at a time and place convenient to them. Additionally, make sure your health plan includes a telehealth option, so both your remote and on-site employees to fully participate in the different areas of your wellness program.
Remote workers are less likely to think about the available wellness activities than an employee who works next to the on-site gym. Because of this, you may need to get creative with ways to encourage remote employees to participate. One way is through incentives. This can be anything from a gift card to a charitable donation on the employee’s behalf. Make sure any incentive you use can be easily received by a remote and on-site employee.
Imbed it in Culture
A wellness program isn’t just about giving employees a way to work out, it’s about making sure employees are healthy. For this to reach remote employees, you need to make sure employee health is at the core of your company’s values and practices. Reiterating the importance of employee health (including mental health) and setting good examples are good ways to get started.
Follow this advice to make your wellness program equally available to your remote employees.