Most well-being programs don’t fail for lack of planning, but for lack of leadership participation. Business leaders are an essential part of creating a culture of health. Without their participation, even the most well-planned corporate wellness programs will fizzle.

To transform business leaders into well-being stakeholders, human resources must include them in health and wellness planning and illustrate how employee health status impacts business success.

  • Align: Make health and wellness an integral part of your comapny values and employee value propositon.
  • Design: Create an office layout that encourages health and wellness.
  • Holistic implementation: Incorporate new technology to help keep workplace wellness top of mind for your employees.

Make Wellness a Company Value

Creating a true culture of health means inspiring employees to understand and consider wellness benefits the way they do all other benefits. This takes a constant search for—and discovery of—ways to keep wellness top-of-mind.

Incorporating wellness into the very fabric of your business is critical to maintaining accountability for your program. Start by working with business leaders to align it with your company business goals and objectives.

In doing so, you’ll communicate that you’re a company that cares about employee health and well-being.

Analyze how employees utilize their insurance policy, and look for benefits or policy adjustments that can help you better serve your workforce’s needs. Should you identify any concerning trends, work with business leaders to develop preventive health promotion strategies.

Healthy Workplace Design

Company leaders can make wellness convenient by bringing offerings directly into the office. A good start can be as simple as swapping out vending machine candy and soda with healthier options like water, fruit, and granola.

Other options, like onsite wellness clinics, or bringing in a well-being coordinator can provide services right in your office. Schedule biometric screenings, flu shots, or educational seminars on healthy cooking. Even if they don’t attend, employees can stay aware of their health without ever needing to leave the office.

Take it a step further by making work areas healthier by providing employees with:

  • Exercise balls to use at their desk
  • Standing desk options
  • Active company initiatives and recreation leagues
  • Mindfulness sessions

Mental health awareness is an increasingly important element of workplace wellness. This goes beyond instituting meditation breaks. The most progressive companies are training business leaders and managers how to recognize burnout and depression in employees.

Business leaders can effectively intervene if they sense that a colleague may have a behavioral health problem. They’re also in the unique position of leading by example.

Simply taking their allotted vacation time or making sure not to overstress employees with after-hours emails sets an example to the rest of their cohorts by nurturing an environment of reduced stress. 

Make Wellness a Lifestyle

Lastly, business leaders can give employees options that allow them to take wellness with them. A healthy culture in the workplace takes a lot of planning. But if employees go home, and back to unhealthy habits, they’re negating much of what your program strives for.

Wearable technology goes beyond Fitbits and pedometers. For some, taking wellness on the go may be as simple as downloading a smartphone app to help their specific needs.

For example, self-care apps like Aloe Bud provide customizable, unintrusive ways to help you care for your mental and physical health, wherever you go.  

Business Leaders and Workplace Wellness: Key Takeaways

There are many workplace wellness programs, but not all of them fully live up to their potential.

Create yours with leadership inclusion in mind to ensure yours isn’t coming up short. A wellness program can bring significant benefits for both your company and employees that will last for years to come. Just remember to:

  • Integrate wellness into corporate goals and business objectives
  • Make healthy options easy and convenient
  • Extend your culture of health beyond the office