No Longer “Nice-haves,” Workplace Wellness Benefits are “Must-haves”

5 Steps to Building a Better Model

The Great Resignation sent a shockwave through the workplace that thrust employee wellness to the forefront of attraction and retention.
Once considered a “nice-to-have” option, wellness benefits have become a valued priority for employees and a strategic hiring and retention tool for leading employers and HR executives.
Companies that are successfully adapting to the post-Covid environment are building more contemporary benefits models that recognize one size does not fit all. Wellness is a personalized choice, and employees want to feel that they have a say in options. Today’s healthcare evolution focuses on outcome-driven approaches that meet the needs of the overall employee population, break down barriers, and create easier access to benefits.
Many people aren’t aware that they already have free or low-cost preventative benefits available through their existing health insurance. Collaborating with a wellness vendor can help companies design a customized program that connects employees to their existing benefits. The most innovative packages provide employees the ability to get the most out of their benefits from a holistic wellness perspective,
including services such as mental health, fitness and nutritional resources.

Five steps to build a better wellness benefits model:

  1. Eliminate gaps in wellness offerings.
  2. Address the demand for flexible, relevant wellness benefits in multiple areas.
  3. Eliminate stigmas for mental and emotional health treatment.
  4. Consolidate wellness vendors to remove redundancies and improve efficiency.
  5. Stipulate that wellness vendors provide a qualified support team. For example, employees should have access to licensed therapists or registered dietitians, not simply coaches or apps.
Building a supportive framework for wellness empowers employees to achieve healthier living, while creating a healthier workplace culture and ultimately a healthier bottom line. For a closer look at the most innovative wellness strategies, visit