For many employers, workplace wellness involves initiatives like health assessments, weight loss programs, and help with smoking cessation.  However, as wellness programs continue to evolve, business owners are learning more and more about what works to keep their employees engaged and healthy on a variety of levels.

A recent survey of Workplace Wellness Trends revealed that many employers are now using all kinds of non-traditional options, including things like financial education, walking groups, and participation in sports leagues.  To help you think outside the standard wellness box, here are a few ideas you can use to help better tailor your wellness program to your employees’ needs and interests:

  • Time off
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Charity work
  • On-site events
  • Mental health coverage
  • Wearable tracking devices
  • Collaborative work spaces
  • Standing/treadmill desks
  • Flu shots
  • Fitness competitions

Among the organizations who participated in the study, 54 percent reported improved employee engagement.  Another 45 percent said their wellness efforts had decreased employee absenteeism, and 38 percent agreed their wellness initiatives had resulted in a positive effect on their bottom line.

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