Workplace Wellness: Program Evaluation Simplified

evaluationOur Employee Wellness Survey results show that only a third of respondents were evaluating their stress and wellness programs. There are several important reasons why you should evaluate your worksite wellness program though our research shows that many companies are missing this key step.

 

Why Evaluate?

  • To obtain feedback so that you can modify and improve your programming efforts
  • To demonstrate the value of your program and to secure continued funding
  • To measure changes that are occurring and the efficacy of different interventions
  • To establish accountability
  • To share best practices and ROI in order to improve the health of all employees and their families

 

What To Evaluate?

  • Participation
  • Participant satisfaction
  • Changes in behaviour and health practices
  • Biometric measures (blood pressure, body weight, cholesterol)
  • Productivity (missed work days, time off task)
  • Medical claims

 

Beverly’s Comments
Without proper benchmarking and evaluation we find ourselves susceptible to the ‘flavour-of-the-day”, reinventing the wheel and being axed when times get tough. Let’s move towards a comprehensive wellness program that includes both benchmarking and evaluation. If you have success stories to share, please send them to Beverly so that others can learn from our triumphs.

 

Questions

Does your company evaluate their wellness programs for effectiveness?
Do you share your evaluation information internally and externally?

Leave us your comments!

 

Additional Resources

Corporate Wellness E-briefs

Building A Well Workplace – Four Reasons Why Health Promotion Makes Good Business Sense

Corporate Wellness Programs – A Business Case

Workplace Wellness: 12 Steps To Setting Up Your Wellness Plan

Workplace Wellness: Critical Questions In Putting Wellness Programs Together

Workplace Wellness: Measuring Wellness Outcomes

Workplace Wellness: Moving From Health Promotion To A Healthy Organization

Boosting Your Wellness Programs To The Next Level

 

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Written by Beverly Beuermann-King

Building Resiliency Through Stress and Wellness Strategies. Stress and resiliency strategist, Beverly Beuermann-King, CSP, translates current research and best practices information into a realistic, accessible and more practical approach through her dynamic stress and wellness workshops, on-line stress and resiliency articles, books, e-briefs and media interviews.

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