Addressing policy change to help employee well-being

Every organization can benefit from healthy, happy and productive employees. But are wellness programs alone enough to achieve the end result? At Alyfe, we believe that organizational policies should be a key part of the change. Without the right supporting policies, wellness programs can simply add to the costs without delivering any ROI or ROV.

The following are some guidelines on policies that can align messaging with your well-being goals.

Flexible work hours with adequate vacation time: Provide employees the freedom to schedule their work hours and the opportunity to destress completely. When employees have adequate vacation time and flexibility, they will be able to achieve day-to-day work-life balance and manage stress in a more sustained manner.

Tobacco use prohibition: Ban smoking during work hours. This policy not only supports smokers in their efforts to quit smoking, but also sends a strong message to non-smokers that the company cares about protecting them from second hand smoke.

Open-door Policy: An open-door policy is essential to resolving human resource problems at the earliest and ensuring a harmonious work culture. Make employees aware of the policy and encourage them, without judgement to take advantage of it when they face challenges at work.

Healthy food options: Whether it is a lunch meeting or a company celebration, opt for an array of vegetables, fruits, cheeses and lean meats instead of the popular pizza. Shift to a healthier vending machine and change the cafeteria menu to a healthy one.

The above policies are only guidelines. Many companies are beginning to experiment with innovative policies and finding success in their implementation. For example, at Hasbro, every Friday is a half day and everyone takes a break between Christmas and New Year. provides pet insurance to its employees. Dell provides emergency back-up care for dependents of employees. The possibilities are endless!

What creative and useful policy changes would you like to see at your workplace? How would it benefit you in managing your well-being? Talk to us!