Companies who want to deliver quality virtual wellness programs to their employees have very limited options. There are less and less variety of program offerings, specializations, and customizable modules. The biggest challenge with most online wellness programs is that they are not focused on employee assistance, or what your staff needs, and wants.
Another challenge with traditional online wellness programs is in the past these programs were only offered onsite, but the workplace landscape has changed and will continue to change due to unforeseen circumstances (i.e. COVID) companies are having to adapt as we have, and are putting their focus on mental health first, and having great success with implementing EAPs that have evolved into virtual wellness programs!
All that said here are the main ingredients of a virtual, online health and wellness program, and what you can expect when you sign up.
Best Practices for Virtual Online Wellness Programs
If you’re looking at adopting an EAP that is also a virtual wellness program, you’ll want one with a broad scope.
The main components a virtual health and wellness program are as follows:
- Instructional health and physical fitness videos including virtual team building activities
- Holistic wellness sessions (such as guided virtual massage, guided meditation, guided virtual yoga and life coaching)
- Before and after wellness tracking – Transparent and easy to understand utilization
- Goal setting – Incentives for higher use
- Nutritional information i.e. meal plans, recipes, nutrition therapy – Nutrition sessions led by certified nutrition therapy practitioners
- Data tracking capabilities – App dashboard with realtime utilization data, tracking progress and proving ROI
Each employee should be able to create a customized virtual wellness plan, either on their own or with the help of a life health coach. Whether or not employees have access to a health coach, there should be some degree of encouragement and support along the way.
Here at Nivati, we make sure employees are supported with one-on-one personalized help and counseling every step of their physical and mental mindfulness journey!
Here are some of the benefits that EAPs with online virtual wellness programs provide their company—and employees.
5 Useful Features of Virtual Wellness Programs
1. Instant Access 24/7 to a Licensed Therapist
The main feature of EAPs with an online virtual wellness programs is that employees can access the program and services from any computer or mobile device.
From telecounseling, and nutritional therapy, to fitness tracking for virtual yoga, including mental mindfulness with guided meditation, virtual wellness programs are putting a wealth of information at employees’ fingertips.
In just a few clicks, employees can check progress on their goals, research frequently asked health questions, access webinars and hundreds of videos, curated by our certified practitioners, and designed to bring mental health, mindfulness and physical wellness into your daily routine.
2. Customized Health Options
Just a few years ago, creating a personal workout and diet plan existed only in the realm of expensive personal trainers and dietitians.
Now, you can get (nearly) the same experience with a virtualized wellness program. Some vendors have a more general approach to creating programs, where there are no personal trainers assigned to each employee. Nivati offers an unEAP program, that assigns a personal health coach to each employee, where they can check in for personal support via virtual face-to-face meetings with FaceTime, Zoom or whatever conferencing platform you are most comfortable with.
3. Personal Data Tracking and Utilization Monitoring
EAPs with virtual wellness programs SHOULD let you track your health progress, but often they fall short. They don’t take into consideration the entire industry popping up around wearable tech. People are into their personal health data like never before. So why aren’t traditional EAPs?
Nivati believes whether it’s calories, steps, or pounds, your employees want to know where they stand and how they can hit their health goals. EAPs with virtual wellness programs let users enter in a wide range of information that can be used to track progress—or lack thereof.
4. Company Personalization
Keeping employees aligned with your company’s values and brand shouldn’t get lost when outsourcing your virtual wellness program in place of or aligned with your current EAP. The best virtual wellness platforms let you customize the site with your own personal web address and branding.
5. More Insight
EAPs with a virtual wellness program also help companies understand how their employees are engaging with their health as a whole. You can get a unique insight into the aspects your workforce finds most valuable as well as the those that aren’t being utilized. This type of information can help you create more incentive programs and find new ways to engage your employees where they might need more help.
If, for example, you know that your employees are interested in eating healthier, you’ll know that bringing healthy snacks into the office might be an investment worth your money. On the other hand, if your employees are interested in interacting with their physical fitness goals, you can create office challenges that encourage them to exercise more.
Online Virtual Wellness Programs: Key Takeaways
No matter how you choose to implement a virtual wellness program, make sure you use it to its full advantage. Often, introducing new programs—especially software or internet-based programs—can be met with a good deal of confusion or skepticism.
And more often than not, training and familiarization can be inadequate. If you’re going to invest in a EAP with a virtual wellness program, make sure you take the time to familiarize your workforce with all the features.
Nivati provides live, interactive employee stress management services on a unique virtual platform. Our customized one-on-one and small group employee experiences reduce stress, improve health, wellness, and mindfulness and increase employee engagement among all teams – remote or onsite.
Our employee stress management platform tracks stress and engagement among individual employees and across your entire company. Leadership has access to critical data trends, giving insight into the health and culture of the organization to prove ROI and justify employee benefits.
At Nivati we’re confident that we can beat your old EAP’s utilization, while providing better care for your team. So confident in fact, that we’ll match your EAP’s pricing for six months so you can try us out.
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