How to make your well-being programme at work a success?

In this blog, we explore why traditional wellbeing initiatives fail and give tips on how your wellbeing programme can be successful.

In this blog

  • Why traditional wellness programmes often fail
  • Tips to make your well-being programme with Bevoy successful

Common reasons for failing well-being programmes

Interviews with CEOs and HR leaders show a clear need to improve well-being in the workplace. Many investments made in welfare do not deliver the hoped-for results. These are some common reasons:

  • Exclusivity:
    Often, initiatives are only available to senior management, so only a fraction of colleagues see improvement in their health.

  • Lack of focus:
    The programmes do not target those colleagues who would benefit most from a healthier lifestyle.

  • Too general:
    A one-size-fits-all approach does not work. Well-being programmes should match individual needs.

  • Mental well-being is overlooked:
    A good programme includes both physical and mental health components.

  • Bad data:
    The lack of concrete data makes it difficult to measure the effectiveness of well-being initiatives.

  • Lack of initiative from managers:
    Often the responsibility lies solely with HR, without the involvement of other departments.

  • Start-stop initiatives:
    Health can only really improve if it is part of a long-term strategy.

  • Not integrated into corporate culture:
    Stress factors within the organisation can create barriers to good mental health.

Tips for a successful well-being programme

  1. Evaluate the current programme:
    Map what is already happening and measure the impact.

  2. Invest targeted:
    Understand your colleagues’ health challenges and invest in what has the most impact.

  3. Broad accessibility:
    Ensure the programme meets the needs of colleagues at all levels.

  4. Personalise:
    A successful programme is more than a snapshot and requires active participation.

  5. Action-oriented:
    Not only provide information, but also offer concrete steps towards a healthier lifestyle.

  6. Talk about mental wellbeing:
    Make mental health a topic of discussion and offer support.

  7. Management support:
    Create awareness and commitment at all levels within the organisation.

  8. Make it measurable:
    Determine success and measure progress with qualitative and quantitative data.

  9. Long-term approach:
    Encourage healthy habits and maintain a long-term vision.

  10. Creative solutions:
    Your unique organisation deserves a unique approach.

  11. Integrate into company culture:
    Make wellbeing a central part of your organisation.

  12. Delegate
    No time to set up a programme from A to Z? Use parties like Bevoy.

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