More and more, public sector employers are investing in wellness programs hoping to slow down health insurance premium escalation. A healthier workforce can lead to a reduction in claims, fewer absences and their related costs, and improved productivity. But how do you get employees engaged in your wellness program?
Here are 5 ways schools, cities, and counties engage employees in wellness programs:
- Form a Wellness Committee comprised of employees and administrators to represent all levels of the organization.
- Peer level influencers: Find those who will encourage their fellow employees to participate and get them involved.
- Communicate often – focusing on topics that are timely. Provide educational sessions where you can explore topics such as healthy aging, financial wellness, and nutrition/weight management education.
- Informative posters, flyers, and wellness emails/newsletters that can be rotated with various topics throughout the year.
- Ask your consultant to pull claims analytics, then customize your programs around the specific needs of your employees. For example:
- If emergency room claims are high, create some posters and send emails focusing on how to choose the appropriate level of care. If you are self-funded, increase your ER co-pay and lower it for Urgent Care.
- If mental health claims are high, promote the use of your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to catch problems early before they become serious.
- If you find that chronic illness is a problem, look into a disease management program.
- Find or create events such as runs or walks that are specific to your school, city, or county. Include options where the employee’s entire family can participate.
- Get leadership support. Studies show that higher level administration participation in wellness related events increases overall employee engagement.