Benovate wellness champion
Workplace wellness champion, and lead content specialist at Benovate
We strive to set a good example.
It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day tasks, no matter what job you do. There are times when what we do for a living, and what we support wholeheartedly at the office, can simply get lost in the shuffle. But for us at Benovate, and our larger corporate office of Benovate Holdings, Inc., we strive to find ways to bring our philosophy of wellbeing into each employee’s lives. Especially in the workplace, where we know it can be difficult to find balance, we’re always looking to our clients and partners for inspiration.
In the past, we’ve grown our worksite wellbeing program to rotate through different activities such as Benovate Rewards, in-office stretch breaks, voluntary weekly Lunch & Learns, and monthly volunteer opportunities. As we’ve grown, and brought more employees onto the team, our wellbeing program admins have watched the data behind our group with curiosity and a keen eye for trends and concerns. After all their hard work, we’re so proud to recognize and congratulate our great team on their recent award: Wellness by Design from Hennepin County!
Hennepin County has recognized 76 different organizations for their worksite wellness programs this fall, and we are honored to be among them! As a leading wellbeing and engagement solution provider ourselves, we live and breathe workplace wellness and we’re thrilled to be recognized for the work that our internal team has accomplished.
During the submission process, our team had the opportunity to sit down together and answer the main question posed by the selection committee – What do you want others to know about your worksite wellness program’s unique strengths, areas of innovation, and successes?
Here is what we shared:
Benovate utilizes our own internally developed health platform to make programming unique to each employee. We have a diverse population that has health needs across the board, so being able to target resources and activities to individuals based on those needs makes the program valuable for each person in their own way.
We supplement our health technology solution with in-person events that support team building and a healthy culture, such as Meals on Wheels, community garden work, biometric screenings, and occasional healthy pot-lucks. All of this is tied together within our health platform, giving employees one spot to learn about their benefits, events, RSVP, and find resources based on their specific screening results.
Looking to improve your own workplace wellness or wellbeing program?
Taking that first step is the hardest part! Ask yourself this question – Do you have buy-in from your leadership team? Do they understand the importance and the benefits of a solid workplace wellness program?
Download our evaluation guide to get the conversation started with all your steak-holders. From there, make a list of the features or pieces you want to change now versus later. Maybe your priority list is categorized based on funding, or maybe it’s about participation improvement. Whatever your Key Metric is, start there and work backward.
As you work through the Evaluation Guide, here are 3 things our clients tell us they considered first before making a decision about new programming. Read this over, and let us know what you think! We’d love to hear what you’re working on, or help you discover new ideas. If you’d like to meet with one of our success managers, fill out the form below and we’ll send you some more information or ideas for your project.
THE BIG PICTURE – Consider how everything fits together
The big picture is almost more important than the individual programs and pieces. How will you tie everything together? How will you make sure that each employee can find and access each program, depending on what they need? Consider a spot on the company intranet that’s easy to find, or investing in a program like Benovate that brings everything together in one place.
HIGHEST NEEDS – Solve for the biggest things first
It may sound oversimplified, but solving for the most popular needs first will ensure you’re answering to the biggest population’s concerns. This definitely doesn’t mean that you should ignore smaller group concerns, but look for things you can build support around for everyone first. Think of supportive educational topics that your group is hungry for. For example, financial education is a trending topic right now among workplace wellness discussions and ensuring easy access to information is a great first step.
LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN – Make sure you know what they’re looking for
As leaders or support teams, you probably have a really great feeling for what your people and employees are looking for when it comes to supporting programs like wellbeing initiatives. You’re there every day listening to them, nobody knows them better than you! Now, imagine how much more you might uncover with some additional data? Consider implementing a modern survey technique that offers a safe, anonymous environment where employees can share their real concerns and feedback. When armed with this aggregated data, you can be intelligently selective with the programs and tools with which your team invests.
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