Company-implemented wellness programs help keep employees productive, happy, and healthy. The 2012 Aflac WorkForces Report found workers who participated in wellness programs were more likely to have a higher level of job satisfaction, feel happier with their employer, and be more satisfied with their overall benefits.

Here are a few easy-to-implement ideas:

Stride or ride. Encourage employees to walk or ride a bicycle to work. Provide bicycle racks for cyclists to lock up their rides. Create a contest designed to reward employees who use alternative transportation to and from work the most each month.

Let’s make a deal. Negotiate company discounts for health club memberships. If the cost of a membership is keeping an employee from making the commitment, reducing their out-of-pocket expense might help them take the next step.

Go ahead, have one. Leave fresh fruit out near vending machines or in the break room. Employees may find it very difficult to turn down a healthy snack, especially if it’s free for the taking.

A little something extra. Pack a healthy living newsletter inside the envelope along with employee paychecks. This is a great way to promote company-sponsored programs or pass along any other information about creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

One of the most important things to keep in mind when creating a wellness program is to keep it fun!

By George Maginnis