When it comes to New Year's resolutions, making them is easy -- it's keeping them that can seem impossible at times. After weeks of optimistic dedication, everyday inconveniences and temptations begin to get in the way. Consequentially, despite the best of intentions, many New Year's resolutions fall by the wayside due to a lack of support, motivation and time.  

Manager Makeover: Encouraging New Year's resolutions

When it comes to New Year's resolutions, making them is easy -- it's keeping them that can seem impossible at times. After weeks of optimistic dedication, everyday inconveniences and temptations begin to get in the way. Consequentially, despite the best of intentions, many New Year's resolutions fall by the wayside due to a lack of support, motivation and time. 

It shouldn't come as a surprise that most resolutions focus on health issues such as weight and stress management. Unfortunately, those resolutions are also some of the most commonly broken ones. 

What does this mean for employers? According to the American Heart Association, employers spend almost a third of their annual health care costs on workers with increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Obesity, diabetes, depression and stress are to blame for untold worker absences and reduced productivity. With that said, supporting employees in achieving resolutions that boost employees' work-health-life balance is in everyone's best interest. When businesses have a genuine interest in providing the tools and resources to support the well-being of their workers, it leads to increased productivity, improved morale, greater retention and lower employment costs! 

 

How to help your employees keep their New Year's resolutions

  • Provide Employee Assistance Programs (EAP). Employee Assistance Programs, such as Ceridian's program, can help employees with day-to-day matters and life events. These programs also offer health and wellness services to address issues such as smoking cessation, weight management, stress management and cardiac fitness.
  • Offer health and productivity incentives. Studies show that employee motivation improves trust as well as reducing turnover and improving attitudes. With the opportunity to earn rewards you select -- including merchandise, cash cards or even payroll contributions -- you're sending a positive message to your workforce about how much you value them.And that reaps rewards in employee loyalty and satisfaction. Try providing incentives for employees seeking healthier lifestyles such as gift certificates to use toward a gym membership or a gift card for employees who successfully quit smoking.
  • Offer work-life services to provide your employees with expert counseling and resources to help deal with topics including: parenting, health, education, disability, career and financial issues.
  • Offer flexible work arrangements. As long as your employees get their jobs done, giving them the flexibility of working from home can decrease stress and help their work-life balance.
  • Provide and accommodate staff requests to attend classes for professional development. Also give your employees the opportunity to take online training courses on a variety of topics including financial management.
  • Encourage staff-run programs for a healthier workplace, such as walking, running or stretching clubs.
  • Host or sponsor a charity event as a company and get your employees involved.
  • Offer health risk assessments, health consultations and on-site health services to give your employees the tools to take proactive steps to reduce and prevent health risks.
  • Provide healthier options in the lunchroom and vending machines. Also, leave the donuts and cookies out of the workplace.
  • Educate your employees about all the resources and tools that are available to them. It never hurts to remind them.

This New Year, make it one of your resolutions to not only keep your own, but provide support to your employees in achieving and maintaining their resolutions. Whether it is through Health and Wellness programs or career development courses, helping workers get and stay happy and healthy is an investment in the company.