Let’s talk about the key aspect all good corporate wellness programs boil down to: engagement. If employees are not engaged with your program for a number of reasons, your numbers are going to suffer and your employees’ health will not improve. After all, isn’t that why you started a wellness program? Walkingspree on average has a 70% participation rate, much higher than the industry average of 30-50%.
Leading our client roster with 100% participation is Unified Group Services. That’s right, all registered members are participating in their Walkingspree program, making them our Client of the Month.
“The main reason we began the company was to cater to our clients,” says Unified’s Ashley White. “We have the same outlook for our employees. We give them the tools to succeed.”
How does Unified reach such stellar numbers? Through giving their employees the tools, time and encouragement they need. This creates a culture of wellness, allowing for employees’ health and wellness to prosper. Looking specifically at their program, Unified has put some pretty cool features in place that (we assume from their participation) employees love:
– Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are set aside as walking days. Employees get to dress casually and walk for 30 minutes during working hours. Their neighborhood is walkable, which is another plus!
– Everyone who is interested in the program is supplied with an activity tracker or a credit to upgrade (to a Fitbit Zip, Flex or One) if they’d like.
– An on-site gym gives employees a place to get steps in if the weather is bad.
– Incentives include paid time off and gift cards. Cha-ching!
– Peer pressure also works. Ashley of Unified says their employees are encouraging to one another.
Upper management is also behind their Walkingspree program. Those running the company know the benefits of physical activity in the workplace.
“Studies have shown that walking during the workday boosts productivity in your employees,” Ashley says. “Also, the health benefits of having employees who are exercising lead to lowered healthcare costs, lower absenteeism and boost morale. If your employees are working to help each other meet a health goal, they are more likely to work as a team in their day to day work.”