Wellness program design tips are offered in new ComPsych report

ComPsych has released its yearly aggregate report of health assessments across its book of business, including data from hundreds of thousands of employees of all ages, occupations, regions and industries. The report provides eight tips on wellness program design, messaging and promotions, as well as a snapshot of employee physical and emotional health.
“Health assessment data clearly shows that employee physical health issues affect their emotional state, and vice versa,” said Dr. Richard A. Chaifetz, Founder, Chairman and CEO of ComPsych. “By addressing employee issues holistically – whether financial, social, mental or physical – organizations can increase employees’ peace of mind and improve their overall health and focus at work.”
Key findings of this year’s report include:

  • The four health conditions with the highest rate of prescription drug use-high blood pressure (84 percent), high cholesterol (66 percent), gastrointestinal disease (78 percent) and diabetes (79 percent)-can be directly impacted by diet.
  • 52 percent of employees eat two or less servings of fruit/vegetables per day.
  • 52 percent of employees lack interesting and challenging situations in their lives.
  • 30 percent of employees experienced a major life or work change in the past year (relocation, death of a loved one, change in job responsibilities, etc.).

Wellness tips for employers.

ComPsych offers the following suggestions that employers should keep in mind when designing their wellness programs:

1. Use messaging to inform employees that they could save on prescription and over-the-counter drug costs if they eat a healthy, balanced diet with more fruits and vegetables;
2. Offer multiple opportunities to exercise during the workday, with such things as walking meetings and on-site yoga classes;
3. Take advantage of the fact that many employees are on-site for eight hours a day by offering healthy food options and nutritional reminders;
4. Anticipate employee stress issues by reminding employees of employee assistance program (EAP) resources and by planning stress and resiliency workshops;
5. Encourage employees to prepare for quality sleep by avoiding digital devices starting an hour before bed, and consider screening for stress and anxiety issues, which may underly sleep deprivation;
6. Make sure that your wellness program addresses both emotional health and work-life balance, and solicit feedback from employees for ideas on topics for your well-being curriculum;
7. Integrate your EAP services with your wellness program, to facilitate cross-referrals;
8. Include financial wellness in your wellness program, since financial problems can increase stress levels and work effectiveness.

SOURCE: www.compsych.com.
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