Today’s employees want more than the usual suspects when it comes to employer-provided wellness programs. It’s no longer enough to offer self-guided smoking cessation video classes, send reminders about the employee assistance program or share monthly wellness tips in the all-employee newsletter.
So what workplace wellness options work for employees today? Employees want and need employers to support every aspect of their well-being – physical, mental, emotional, and financial. As a result, many employers are taking a fresh look at their workplace wellness programs and adding more specialized programming that takes a more whole-being approach.
If you’re an employer that wants to enhance your workplace wellness programs in 2022 or beyond, the following are five options to consider.
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The answer is yes if you’re wondering whether a physical fitness center still makes sense post-COVID. This option can encourage employee physical wellness through cardio equipment, weights, classes, and more.
And because exercise is known to positively affect mental health, that’s another benefit. In addition, fitness centers can create a sense of camaraderie among employees who share a passion for health and wellbeing. And your fitness center can be a nice draw for employees to come onsite.
In the broadest sense, wellness includes classes like yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and breathwork. But classes like QiJong and TaiChi are popular as well. They provide a mental and emotional break from work and, like onsite fitness centers, can be a way to create community among employees.
Many companies also offer this programming virtually, so employees can benefit no matter where they work.
Depending on your location and needs, another option is building an onsite clinic for your employees.
Vendors like NeoPath can help you design and build your onsite clinic. When you work with us, we staff and manage your clinic with highly-skilled, board-certified medical professionals. Your covered employees can use the clinic as their source of primary care, and we can make referrals as required.
In our experience, an onsite clinic is a unique win/win for wellness. Employees appreciate the convenience of having this benefit. In turn, companies reduce their healthcare costs and have a strong talent attraction draw.
Mental health services
Mental health is finally starting to shed its stigma, and more companies and employees are discussing mental health in the workplace openly. For companies on the cutting edge, this includes offering onsite mental health services. This can consist of one-on-one consultations, education sessions, self-guided activities, and more.
NeoPath Health now offers our customers onsite mental health services powered by Good Human Work. Good Human Work provides emotional, relational, and organizational health services delivered by licensed therapists with dedicated availability.
This partnership allows companies to offer employees real-time, one-on-one support when they need it. Scheduling is simple, and our tailored offerings are designed to meet your company's specific needs.
Culturally sensitive, community-centered wellness
As part of your diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, you may want to include your wellbeing programming into your strategic plan. For example, if you’re located in an area with a highly-concentrated diverse population, it makes sense to approach wellness from that perspective.
NeoPath Health partners with tribal communities to improve community access to healthcare through managed onsite and near-site clinics. Clinics provide the complete offering of pharmacy, lab, imaging, acute care, primary care, common chronic conditions, and culturally sensitive health and wellness services.
By offering programs like this to your employees, you’re making access to care more affordable and attainable to your employees and ultimately reducing health disparities and creating a community of healthier families.
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Workplace wellness that works for your employees
At NeoPath, we believe there’s a better way to deliver healthcare. That’s why we operate independently from insurance companies. We can help you establish an employer-owned clinic that is 100% focused on your employees.
For more than a decade, we’ve helped mid-market companies design and build onsite primary care clinics. Let’s connect today.