Here’s how to start a successful Wellbeing Program for your small business

We know that a healthy and engaged workforce is likely to be more productive and effective. With this in mind, as a small business owner, supporting your staff to lead healthy lives isn’t just a good thing to do, it’s also a smart thing to do!

Here are five steps for starting a wellness program when time and resources are tight:

1. Consider your budget
From the outset, know how much you can afford to spend so that you can set the right parameters.

2. Get your senior staff on board 
Explain why wellbeing is important to you, and why you’d like it to be important to them.

3. Consult your staff 
Don’t assume you know what your staff will want! Ask them openly or think about creating an online survey – what would a meaningful wellbeing program look like to them? It might surprise you that it could be as simple as allowing longer lunchbreaks so staff can go for runs or walks, or striking a deal for your staff to get discounted membership at the local yoga studio.

4. Review the program 
Ensure you have established a feedback loop to collect regular formal and anecdotal feedback. Are staff making use of the program? Does it meet their needs? If not, how could it?

5. Revise and refresh 
Use staff feedback to revise and refresh the program accordingly. What suits your current staff today may not work so well in six months’ time.

Be sure to revisit Steps 4 and 5 every 6 to 12 months so that your business and your staff continue to get the most out of it.

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