The purpose of employee wellness programs is to improve employees’ health and well-being, often through preventive care. Goals can include preventing and managing chronic diseases to lower their health and economic burden, improving employee morale and motivation, and improving employees’ quality of life.
An employee wellness program is not quite the same as an employee wellness center. As mentioned above, an employee wellness program can be anything from providing free water bottles to employees, to offering health screenings, healthy food, gym memberships, and comprehensive programs to prevent and/or manage health conditions.
An employee wellness center is a physical place that is dedicated to employee wellness. It might offer one or more of the following services.
· Routine medical services, such as annual physicals, pharmacy services, doctor’s appointments for sick visits, flu vaccines, and chronic disease management and monitoring.
· Dietitian and exercise physiologist consultations.
· Lactation rooms.
· Exercise equipment and sports facilities.
· Health screenings and expos.
Employee wellness centers that offer enough services may seem to be “one-stop shopping” for employees. The centers can make employees feel at home because they (and sometimes their families) are the only clients.