What is a Wellness Program?

A wellness program is an “organized employer-sponsored program” created to help employees as they implement and maintain lifestyle changes that lower health risks, increase overall well-being, encourage productivity at work, and improve an organization’s bottom line. Wellness programs benefit both the employer and employee in a variety of ways. Wellness programs focus on supporting an employee’s physical, mental, emotional, financial, and social health. These programs include everything from an online mobility assessment for musculoskeletal disorders, to a class on financial planning, to an office-wide steps challenge. 

An effective wellness program will include employee well-being as part of its definition of health. This includes factors like work/life balance, relational health, financial stability, and overall workload. Next, they create workplace environments that support their employees as they build healthy behaviors. To do this successfully, leadership must remain committed to the program. The third facet of a successful wellness program is a thorough offering of education and training on wellness-related matters. Education allows employees to build their health literacy when it comes to heart health, stress, and diabetes, etc. And, finally, effective wellness programs include rewards. This includes financial rewards as well, which could include paying for employee gym memberships, for example. 

The Importance of Having a Wellness Program for Your Employees

Employee wellness programs can help prevent disease and injury and promote a better quality of life. This benefits both the employer and employee. Employees will have lower risks of illness and injury, and depending on the program, have lost weight, started an exercise program, been screened for health problems, and have more tools for handling stress. This increases overall well-being, as well as reduces their health care costs.

The benefits of a wellness program to an employer are myriad. Disease and injury are caught earlier, which reduces employer health care costs, lowers any workers’ compensation claims, and decreases the lost hours of productivity. Other ways that, “workplace wellness programs generate savings” is through decreased absenteeism and sick days. Healthy, happy employees are also significantly more productive than unhappy employees. This increase in productivity is about 20%, which is monumental. So, it’s very clear that when it comes to wellness programs, both employees and employers stand to benefit greatly. 

Wellness Programs and BioFunctional Health Solutions

Here are BioFunctional Health Solutions (BHS), you can customize a wellness program based on your employees' needs and your budget. BHS offers a wide range of assessments, soft tissue treatments, and one-on-one consults with health experts, in addition to many other wellness services. Here is a complete list of BHS’s Wellness program offerings. 

  • Dedicated Registered Nurse

BHS nurses are trained in patented screening technology, a proprietary hands-on mobility health treatment system, and best-in-class wellness program processes. 

  • Functionally Optimized Massage

BHS’s one-of-a-kind massage program was developed by industry-leading experts and is proven to be the most effective mobility health treatment model in the industry. 

  • Patented Computer-Aided Mobility Health Assessment

This assessment can predict injuries before they happen, or worsen, with 3D mobility and posture analysis used by professional athletes. 

  • Ergonomics

Receive access to ergonomic assessments and easy-to-implement best practices for any work environment without the need for expensive equipment. 

  • Mobility Health Self-Assessment

Employees can gain access to the state of their mobility health with this self-assessment. Range of motion dysfunctions and potential injury risks will be identified. 

  • Self-Treatment Program

This clinical quality self-treatment system is one of a kind in the industry. It was developed based on the industry’s most successful provider-applied care models. 

  • TeleHealth

TeleHealth appointments are effective and save everyone time and money. Many health issues can be treated virtually, and health care providers can prescribe medication. 

  • Onsite First Aid

Employees can receive treatment for minor injuries and illnesses right away from a Registered Nurse. This includes care for cuts, burns, sprains, low blood sugar, and nausea. 

  • Infectious Disease Control

Keep your workers safe from COVID-19 and other infectious diseases with this best-in-class program in infectious disease control that deals with how to prepare for infections. 

  • Case Management

Case management lowers the amount of time it takes for an employee to recover from an injury. This means they’ll be back to work sooner, which is good for everyone’s bottom line. 

  • Nutrition and Fitness

Set your employees up for success with one-on-one sessions with health experts who will customize a nutrition and fitness plan for them. 

  • Health Fairs

Jumpstart your employee wellness program with a health fair. Screenings, classes, and consultations can all happen in one place. 

  • Wellness Challenges

Boost morale and increase employee engagement with wellness challenges. Everyone participates in a health-related activity like exercising more and there are prizes at the end!

BHS knows that designing the right wellness program can be challenging, and is here to help! BHS is happy to support you in your decision-making process and answer any questions you might have. Reach out to BHS today!

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