3 Key Building Blocks to FREE Workplace Wellness Programs

I think most businesses can now have great wellness programs without putting out a penny of cash. But how can I make such a radical statement when so many wellness programs cost $100 to $650 or more per employee per year (PEPY)?

There are now 3 key building blocks a business can use to implement a topnotch wellness program with no cash outlay. The evolution of this has advanced so fast, that it’s time to re-evaluate the entire structure of wellness programming.

 Use These 3 Key Building Blocks to Implement a FREE Wellness Program at Your Worksite

1. Community Resources: local organizations like hospitals, farmers’ markets, grocers, restaurants, sporting organizations, retailers, and others know that education and engagement are the sustainable ways to build a loyal following in today’s highly competitive environment. And they’re reaching out – Big Time!

Wellness Programs for Small Workplaces Can be FREE, Easy-to-Implement, and Lower Risk

If you drop a big wellness program into your small business, your employees will think you’ve lost your mind. A small business offers more of a family atmosphere than a big workplace. Thus, the approach can and must be different − and creative.

Big Wellness Needs To Comply
With Federal Privacy Regulations

A big wellness program comes with a long list of growing regulations and liability issues. Wellness programs that incorporate secondary prevention (screening and intervention) and tertiary care (disease management) are in the business of practicing medicine in the eyes of the U.S. Federal Government and its regulatory agencies (in my opinion).

If the latest zombie movie or Stephen King novel didn’t scare the hell out of you, try sitting in on one of the hundreds of webinars that address “being in compliance with HIPAA, GINA and PPACA” with your wellness program. There are an increasing amount of federal regulators and trial attorneys watching workplace wellness practices.

A small business may want to lower healthcare costs as much as possible. But there should be more interest in helping people improve health, productivity, and enjoyment of their work and life. And there is no need to become a paralegal to promote wellness at your small workplace.

The Next Steve Jobs of Wellness and Fitness Is Pushing A Mop Right Now − And He’s Mad!

I was headed home from a short trip the other day, and decided to pull over at a gym I happened to spot. It was a good time to sneak in a workout. While I was changing clothes there was a young man in the locker room mopping the floor. I asked him how he liked the gym. A simple enough question. He leaned on that mop, screwed his face a couple of different ways, pointed at me and took off. . .

  • “I tried to get in this place and workout when I was 17. But they wouldn’t let me in until I was 18. I am 19 now. I knew more about working out and health than anybody working here, and I couldn’t get in the door. Now can you even believe that?
  • “So now I work here, but they’re doing this fitness stuff all wrong, everywhere. I am going to change all that. I am saving up my money and I am going to open my own place. Hell, I’ll be a millionaire by the time I am 30, but that isn’t why I am saving up. I just know my place will be popular