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3 Reasons Why Your Employee Wellness Program Isn’t Working

Happy, healthy employees are the backbone of any thriving organization. But simply offering a wellness program isn't enough. To truly cultivate a culture of health, you need to go beyond the one-size-fits-all approach and empower your workforce to make lasting, meaningful changes.

Here's the thing: a culture of health isn't about quick fixes or fad diets. It's about providing a supportive environment where employees feel equipped to navigate their unique health journeys. It's about offering reliable programming, rooted in scientifically proven methods, that meets your employees where they are. 

True wellness is a journey, not a destination. It's about building whole-self health improvements, encompassing physical, mental, and emotional well-being. So, how do you know if your current wellness program is fostering a culture of health? 

Here are the top three most common issues with wellness programs today that hold your company back:

#1: It’s Not Driving Intrinsic Motivation

Let's face it: a truly engaged workforce is a powerful asset. Research shows that highly engaged teams are 21% more profitable than their unengaged counterparts. When employees feel motivated and valued, they're more likely to:

  • Be productive and efficient
  • Experience lower absenteeism
  • Exhibit higher levels of job satisfaction
  • Contribute their ideas and expertise

All of these factors help contribute to a positive work environment, fueling innovation and growth within your organization. 

The key to unlocking this potential lies in intrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation is the inner drive that compels people to engage in activities for the inherent joy and satisfaction they bring rather than external rewards or pressures. Intrinsic motivation is linked to higher levels of creativity, persistence, and overall well-being

Unfortunately, some wellness programs rely heavily on extrinsic motivators like monetary incentives or recognition programs. While these can be effective for achieving short-term goals, they may backfire in the long run, with the potential to actually de-motivate employees. When solely focused on external rewards, employees may lose sight of the intrinsic benefits of healthy choices, making them less likely to reach their wellness goals.

#2: There’s No Data-Driven Approach

Imagine investing in a marketing campaign without tracking its results. It wouldn't make much sense, would it? The same applies to your employee wellness program. How can you be sure it's working if you're not measuring impact? 

Data-driven wellness programs allow you to:

  • Visualize program impacts, opportunities, and value propositions
  • Make smarter decisions based on concrete evidence
  • Identify areas for improvement and optimize program effectiveness

For instance, imagine your program offers a lunchtime yoga class but sees consistently low participation. By analyzing the data, you might discover that the class time conflicts with many employees' schedules. With this information, you can adjust the class time or offer an on-demand video option to cater to employee needs and boost participation.

By analyzing data on participation rates, goal achievement, and employee feedback, you can gain valuable insights into what's working and what's not. That way you have the ability to tailor your program to better meet the specific needs of your workforce. If your current program doesn’t use a data-driven approach, you have a big red flag on your hands!

#3: It Has Insufficient Automation and Customization

Remember the days of one-size-fits-all clothing? They weren't exactly comfortable or flattering, were they? The same goes for wellness programs. Today's employees crave personalization, and cookie-cutter programs simply don't cut it anymore.

Programs powered by AI and thoughtful customization can create a truly individualized experience for every participant, fostering a sense of ownership and accountability that propels them further on their wellness journeys. When you personalize your wellness program with automation and AI, you unlock a powerful combination of benefits for your employees and your organization such as:

  • Increased engagement: Employees feel a sense of ownership when they set their own goals and choose activities that resonate with them. Intrinsically motivated employees are more likely to actively participate.
  • Improved health results: By focusing on individual needs and preferences, employees are more likely to achieve their health goals. This translates to better health outcomes for your workforce like reduced absenteeism and healthcare costs.
  • Boosted morale: A personalized program demonstrates that you value your employees' well-being. By boosting morale, employees will be happier and more productive. It’s a win-win for everyone.

Imagine Sarah, a busy marketing manager who wants to improve her overall well-being but struggles to find time for exercise between work deadlines and family commitments. A traditional wellness program might offer a generic gym membership or a one-size-fits-all fitness challenge. Not very helpful for Sarah.

In contrast, a program with automation and customization can create a truly personalized experience for Sarah. Through a quick assessment, the program understands her limited time and preferences. It then recommends a series of short, at-home workout videos that fit into her busy schedule. Additionally, the program tracks her progress and suggests modifications or new challenges as she gets stronger. A personalized approach keeps Sarah motivated and engaged, making it more likely she'll stick with the program and achieve her wellness goals.

Feeling a little "Woah, my wellness program doesn't do any of this?" If that's you, don't worry—many programs are stuck in the past. But the good news is, there's a better way! Keep reading to discover how to transform your wellness program and unlock the true potential of your workforce.

Empower Your Organization with Highly-Personalized Wellness Programs

Wellvation is a revolutionary approach to employee wellness that empowers your organization through highly personalized health initiatives. Going way beyond generic wellness trends, we leverage the unparalleled expertise of the Mayo Clinic, a world leader in medical research and healthcare. With decades of groundbreaking research at your fingertips, you can be confident that your wellness program is built on a foundation of evidence-based practices. 

What you gain:

  • Relevant programming
  • Trustworthy health initiatives
  • Engaging personalization
  • Workflow automation
  • Employer customization
  • On-demand analytics

By creating a culture of health with Wellvation, you're not just investing in your employees' well-being, you're investing in the success of your entire organization.  

Ready to Cultivate a Thriving Culture of Health Within Your Organization?

A happier, healthier workforce leads to increased productivity, lower absenteeism, and a more positive work environment – all factors that contribute to your bottom line. 

We can help you design and implement a powerful, personalized wellness program that drives employee engagement, improves well-being, and fuels your organization's success. Contact Wellvation today, and let's connect!