It's easy to find stories on how Americans are overweight, over-worked and over-tired. The internet is filled with startling statistics to prove this. The media is all abuzz about how these unhealthy statistics are leading to decreased productivity and increased medical costs. As employers see their health plan costs continue to increase year after year there is a heightened motivation to implement corporate Wellness Plans. The question shouldn't be whether or not to implement a Wellness Plan, but rather what elements of a Wellness Plan will work at your company? Should you implement biometric testing, onsite yoga, cooking classes, wellness coaches, questionnaires, etc.? While the answer depends on the demographics and budget of each company, it is definitely worth researching what others are doing.
There are many factors to consider as employers begin to implement a Wellness Plan and we will be conducting a blog series dedicated to exploring Wellness Plans in more detail. Our desire is to share with you where the value lies in a Wellness Plan, how to build a strategy and what are the steps toward a successful plan.
To kick off our blog series on Wellness Plans we wanted to begin with a creative and fun idea on a Wellness Plan that was developed by KEEN Footwear and Dr. Toni Yancey. The idea is simple: Recess At Work.
KEEN and Dr. Yancey are bringing back the best part of our day during school -recess- and making it apart of our adult work routine. They have developed an HR Tool Kit that provides an HR department with the tools necessary to implement the program. Their website is full of ideas on recess activities and pre-developed promotional materials for you to download.
Since the materials are made available to you at no cost, this is sure to fit into your employee benefits budget.
Visit their website at http://recess.keenfootwear.com/ to learn more about their program and how you can implement it at your company. We especially liked the Instant Namaste section. Unfortunately I think we're better at the "Drunken Monkey" pose rather than the "Downward Puppy."