Corporate wellness programs excel through the use of rewards and incentives.
If you have ever had to work through a really difficult task or an activity that you were less than thrilled about participating in, than you probably came up with an exciting or tempting incentive that helped to make the entire process more appealing to you and get you through to the end. For instance, someone who is dreading giving a big presentation to their boss or manager might motivate themselves by thinking about the promotion or raise that may come with a job well done. For other people, sometimes the thought of being done with the task all together can be enough to encourage you to push forward.
Just as these incentives or rewards can be helpful when we are trying to accomplish a difficult task or activity in our personal lives, they can also be very motivating to employees who are having difficulty finding motivation to participate in a corporate-sponsored wellness program.
Corporate wellness is no different than any other difficult company objective that requires some type of incentive program in order for your employees to prioritize their goals and feel accomplished for their hard work. For some employees, this incentive could simply be reaching their health and fitness goal, or losing the weight that they have been trying to get off for years. However, for others, the incentives could range from any number of tangible or monetary rewards.
Especially with summer vacations and holiday weekends coming up, many wellness program participants find rewards such as paid time off, money prizes and cash back off of health insurance to be very appealing and motivating. However, they are not the only ones benefiting from this type of arrangement. Companies that are choosing to offer wellness incentives are seeing the benefits to their bottom-line, as well as the ability to keep healthcare costs down for their employees. Thus wellness programs and incentives offer a win-win situation for any corporation.
So, how do you determine which type of incentives and rewards will work best for motivating your employees in your corporate-sponsored wellness program? Successful incentives programs typically have two key components. First, some type of monetary or tangible reward that comes with meeting a specific goal or challenge. Second, the knowledge that their employer truly cares about their health and their achievements.
If you are interested in building up a rewards program that will increase the participation in your corporate-sponsored wellness program, be sure to contact Walkingspree today. We can help you identify and set target goals, and suggest creative, proven contests which can be based on minimum participation and team achievements to motivate employees.
You can also make yours a year-round wellness program by combining other wellness participation (such as health screenings or tobacco cessation programs) with step achievements in the Walkingspree program for common rewards. By offering built-in fun in your walking solution, the combined wellness rewards don’t have to overwhelm your budget. For more information, be sure to contact us today to get your company’s health and wellness goals on the right track for savings.