As we carry on through evolving times, we continue to see shifts in employee perks and benefit offerings. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently shared a study which evaluated the most popular employee benefits.
In addition to the most common offerings such as paid time off and retirement plans, SHRM lists employee wellness programs as one of the most common employee perks. Even so, only 58% of organizations included in the report offered an employee wellness program. With an increasingly high value being placed on individuals’ health and wellness throughout the past year, it’s almost a surprise to not see that number higher.
The events of the past year have led people to re-evaluate several aspects of their lives, including how they take care of themselves — which is something that should be done both inside and outside of the workplace. While healthy workout routines, eating plans, and mental health checks are increasingly popular these days, workplace health should also be a consideration.
Simple, quick updates to your workplace include things such as ergonomics. Is your chair supporting good posture? Is your computer screen at the right height to reduce strain on your neck? Is your workstation conducive to the physical motions you’re doing – twisting, bending, squatting? Employee health while physically inside the workplace is a good place to start when considering a wellness program.
While ergonomics improvements are good start, that’s exactly what they should be: a start. On-site healthcare can be more far-reaching and provide further positive outcomes to health and morale. Through chiropractic care, the primary goal of WorkSiteRight is to improve the overall health of the employee. As a result of this, organizations who have implemented an individualized wellness program have also seen reductions in workers’ compensation and healthcare costs. It’s really a win-win for employee and employer.
The recent study by SHRM shows that it’s becoming more common to see employee health and wellness programs offered by organizations than not. Keeping up with these changing offerings is a good way to attract quality talent and show your employees that you have their best health in mind.