In the last decade, the wellness industry has been on a steady rise. With 80% of large companies and 50% of small companies implementing wellness programs, wellness isn’t just a consideration for big businesses anymore. Today’s guest, Nikki Reynolds, Wellness Specialist at ePlus, believes that small businesses can actually provide the best environment for wellness program success.
In this episode, Nikki explains her somewhat unorthodox start with SMP and how she went about building a wellness program for a business of fewer than 50 employees. Nikki shares some of her challenges as well as her proudest moments, as well as the philosophy she’s held while pivoting through COVID. Finally, she offers tangible tips to professionals making a pitch and to small business owners unsure of buying into wellness.
Interview Highlights (with timestamps):
- [5:03] Nikki’s start with SMP
- [10:46] Building a wellness program for a small business
- [12:57] Challenges as a result of working for a small business
- [15:41] Programs Nikki built in to her wellness strategy
- [18:21] Nikki’s proudest accomplishments and pivoting through COVID
- [22:53] Continuing to engage people virtually
- [24:47] Nikki’s tip for professionals on making a pitch
- [29:52] Nikki’s tip for small businesses
Mentioned in this episode:
Nikki is a passionate wellbeing professional who has built and implemented custom wellness programs for small organizations for over 12 years. She spent the last eight years at SMP, an IT service and solutions provider in Rochester, NY, designing and delivering a robust wellness strategy that was inclusive, innovative, and celebrated.
Nikki’s work has shown that the small business environment can uniquely nurture a culture of wellbeing that engages and inspires the workforce. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from American University in Health Promotion Management and is a certified Personal Trainer and Health Coach through ACE.
Nikki is an avid outdoor enthusiast in rain, snow, or sunshine alike. She enjoys hiking, fishing, triathlon racing, traveling, cooking, gardening, and boating on New York’s many waterways. Her greatest passion is spending time with her husband, Dan and son, Cole; her preferred partners for all of life’s adventures.