It’s almost the end of the year (crazy to think about, we know!), and it’s time to start planning for 2017. As part of this process, one thing you may be re-evaluating is your company’s wellness program, or the initiatives you have in place to encourage your employees to make healthy lifestyle choices. When implemented and managed effectively, these programs can lower health care costs and premiums for both the employer and employees.
While most employers make a conscious effort to keep tabs on the health and wellness of their employees in the office, many overlook those that are working primarily outside the office. Frequent business travelers (often the most prone to unhealthy habits) are unintentionally forgotten when it comes to these initiatives. Here are some ways you can incorporate those employees into your company’s 2017 wellness program.
How can I incorporate business travelers into my wellness program?
Simply be mindful
The first step to incorporating business travelers into your wellness initiatives is simply not to forget about them! It’s easy to think about the health of employees you see and interact with every day. You can tell if they’ve taken a few too many sick days or appear run down and tired most of the time, and these indicators can often mean it’s time to reassess your wellness program. When it comes to business travelers, because you don’t see them daily, you have to make a conscious effort to be mindful of their health.
Realize the difference
There’s a big difference between employees who are physically in the office every day and “road warriors” constantly jetting from place to place. Most corporate wellness programs are tailored to someone with a set routine and schedule, something business travelers rarely have. While it may not make sense for employees in the office, it may be helpful to provide tools to business travelers allowing them to track their sleeping patterns or more effectively manage travel-induced stress.
Similarly, the milestones, achievements or lifestyle choices you reward your employees for (with incentives such as lower rates, gift cards, extra time off, etc.) may differ based on how often they travel. While you may reward on-site employees for having a certain BMI, you could reward travelers for simply choosing healthy meals when eating on the road or hitting a certain “steps” goal each day they are gone.
Provide healthy recommendations
Eating right, exercising and getting enough sleep are factors that play a huge role in our health. Consider booking exclusively at hotels that have gyms, providing healthy restaurant suggestions to your employees and educating them on maintaining their wellbeing when flying frequently. You could even look into reimbursing frequent business travelers for a membership at a gym that has locations all over the US.
Check in regularly
Just as you do with any well-laid plan, check in regularly to see how things are going with your business travelers and their health. Most plans require continual reevaluation and improvement, and a wellness program is no exception.
How do you plan to incorporate business travelers into your 2017 wellness program? Share with us in the comments section!
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