Small businesses do have at least one advantage over the big guys. Participation rates in their wellness initiatives are often higher, and the article lists four reasons:
- Management tends to be more supportive
- Employees are brought into the decision-making process
- Workers and managers generally have a positive working relationship
- Employees are accustomed to working together
The article also describes a unique effort taking shape in Maine. With the help of 28 non-profits called Healthy Maine Partnerships, employers are able to draw from a variety of public resources to augment their own wellness programs. It's an interesting idea, and I'm curious to see how it plays out.
If you're considering a wellness initiative and don't quite have 10,000 employees, don't worry. We've designed successful programs for companies of all shapes and sizes, and we can help you, too!