Chronic diseases affecting the employees can cause the reduction in productivity and business efficiency.  It shouldn’t, therefore, be a surprise that you need to work on improving employee well-being. Many businesses have started with recognising the link between productivity and employee, so it is time for you to start. Let's look at how you can start working on a responsive workforce.

  • Setup Benchmarks

Benchmarks are set standards of performance and are necessary to make the management easier.  The first thing you need is to setup benchmarks of the current health of the workforce.

It is this exercise which can help you understand the current needs of the workforce and any additional health concerns they might arise. With the available data from benchmarking you can start to measure impact of the wellbeing program and hopefully improve employee performance along-with helping them achieve a work-life balance.

  • No one size fits all approach

It is important to offer something for everyone, with the benchmarking done you will be able to understand the needs of your employees and create a program accordingly. It should be a need-driven and holistic approach offering benefits to every employee despite their age and health concerns.  Essential pillars of well-being include Screening for health, smoking, nutrition and fitness.

  • Motivate employees

The biggest hindrance for the success of an employee health program are the employees itself.  It is necessary to consistently motivate the employees, either by incorporating a reward or a recognition element in the program. There are an array of ways to reward your employees’ on the journey to a healthy lifestyle. For example, vouchers, food cards, can play an important role in employee recognition.

  • Lead the way

The key to a healthy lifestyle is to make look at making small changes and improve on it. You should ensure the reward program reflects that employees move towards their goals.

Employee well-being should be given top priority for improving business productivity. It means that the management needs to show interest in the employee's progress and undertake steps for their health and well-being.