Updated: Dec 18, 2021
Organisation's world-wide are implementing employee wellness programs run by Health Coaches because they like the benefits of wellness and can see the positive impact on their employees.
What would having a Health Coach at the workplace look like for employees?
The planning & roll-out of structured employee wellness initiatives & programs
One-on-one health coaching for healthy, sustainable behaviour change
Group-health coaching for community wellness and support
The workplace has been doing more for prevention of ill-health than anyone else. I don’t suppose that any business actively sought for the role of being health and well-being experts. Employers have been thrown into this and they really don’t want to do it. They would prefer to focus on their core business. Yet, by employing health coaches at the place of work, they are more consistent about disease prevention and they are more effective than anybody else.
What are the key benefits of a Health Coach running wellness programs at the workplace?
Improve Employee Health Behaviours
Boost Employee productivity
The point of any wellness program is sustainable behaviour change. Health Coaches specialise in supporting employees to adopt and maintain healthy habits for long-term behaviour change, whether it is in a one-to-one or group health coaching environment.
Here is some data that backs up the efficacy of wellness programs at the workplace. A recent study wherein 1,800 employees at this worksite reported their health behaviours at baseline, one year, and two years after the wellness program began.
Poor employee productivity is also termed as presenteeism. Physically being at work but not working. It is estimated that the cost associated with presenteeism due to poor employee health is at least 2 to 3 times greater than direct health care expenses. Recent research in this regard was published by the journal Population Health Management
In a nutshell, it is evident that unhealthy individual lifestyle choices may result in substantially higher levels of lost productive work time.
When done correctly, wellness programs give employees incentives, tools, social support and strategies to adopt and maintain healthy behaviours. Health Coaches running Wellness programs at the workplace that focus on supporting employees to have good health behaviours will eventually have a positive impact on productivity.
It's a Win - win, for the business and for the employees.
Speak to me if you would like me to consult on your workplace wellness program today.