Just as a healthier lifestyle doesn’t happen overnight, it can take time for workplace wellness programs to show results.

There’s little doubt about the long-term benefits of workplace wellness programs, but company leaders who want fast, measurable outcomes may rush to judge a program’s investment and value. A recent article in Forbes suggests that looking at simple changes on a timeline can appeal to decision-makers seeking instant gratification in their wellness investment.

The article suggests that gauging short-term, mid-term and long-term results will give managers a better view on the benefits of workplace wellness. Here’s what they should look for:

  • In the first few weeks. As employees get acquainted with the wellness program, you may notice changes like more people packing their lunch, fewer unhealthy treats in the office kitchen and more employees moving around during the day.
  • In the first few months. Positivity is a big part of the health journey. As employees get healthier, they’ll be happier, and have better relationships with other employees.
  • In the first few years. Companies should be doing health screenings as part of the wellness program to determine the health status of the workplace. Employees should be reporting lower risk for diabetes, heart disease and other chronic health conditions.

Putting a focus on health on the job is an investment. Looking at results over time can lead to greater commitment to healthier behaviors and, ultimately, greater ROI in the workplace wellness journey. Read the entire article for more insight on healthier workplaces.