What are wellness coaching employee benefits?
Turns out, staying healthy is hard work.
We wish it was as simple as going to the doctor and taking your vitamins. But good health is built in the day-to-day. To a certain extent, our health is the product of all the little choices we make.
So taking care of our bodies, minds, and overall wellness — well, it can feel like a full time job. And unfortunately, we don’t come with “one-size-fits-all” instruction manuals. Everyone has their own unique health and wellness needs, and it can take time to learn what works for you.
Enter wellness coaching benefits. These benefits give employees access to wellness coaches, who help recommend, implement, and guide individuals through day-to-day health and wellness choices based on their unique health needs and lifestyle.
When it’s down to the ninth, bases loaded, and life throws a curveball your way, it’s always better knowing you have a great coach in your corner, rooting for your success.
How do employees use wellness coaching benefits?
Whether you’re setting out to develop a whole new self care routine, or introduce some new exercises into your day-to-day, wellness coaches are here to help.
Most wellness coaching vendors offer a wide range of digital accessibility offerings, so users can choose the communication approach that works best for them — whether that’s through a phone call, video call, text messaging, or in-app messaging.
Say your Finance Director just returned from parental leave. While soaking up all that new baby goodness, she can’t help feeling the toll that growing a human can take on a new mother’s body. As an avid runner, she wants to ease her way back into a sustainable fitness routine, with the goal of completing a half marathon next year. Through biweekly check-ins via video chat, her wellness coach can give her the support (both logistical and moral) she needs to ramp up her training without overexerting herself — so she can still enjoy those new mama duties.
Meanwhile, your Operations Associate’s recent doctor’s appointment resulted in some unexpected news: he has pre-diabetes. His doctor advised him to adopt some healthier habits, but he doesn’t know where to start. A wellness coach can recommend new workouts to meet his current lifestyle and fitness level, while also emailing recipes to incorporate better nutrition into his diet. And when he’s feeling unmotivated or discouraged, a pep talk is just one text away.
How do wellness coaching benefits impact employees?
Sure, we all know that we are supposed to “make good choices” when it comes to health and wellness. Getting started — and keeping up — that’s the hard part. But in the end, it’s all worth it.
Having a wellness coach in your corner can be a game-changer, especially for folks who manage chronic conditions. About 60% of Americans carry some form of chronic illness. Establishing healthy routines, tailored specifically to their health needs, can help manage symptoms.
Over time, these positive choices pay dividends. In fact, people who regularly exercise throughout their adulthood typically save an average of $1350 on annual healthcare expenses after age 65 compared to sedentary people. To put it in perspective, that’s a 16% savings rate.
Why should employers offer wellness coaching benefits?
Good health is cultivated in the day-to-day. We all know the importance of treating our bodies well with a healthy diet and lifestyle. But sometimes we all need a push in the right direction.
And those healthy choices add up to cost savings. Between the savings from lower healthcare utilization (an estimated $3.27 for every dollar spent on wellness programs) and lower absenteeism costs ($2.73 for every dollar), the return on investment is clear.