As a leader, supervisor or health and wellness committee member, consider these questions when designing your employee wellness program:
In The Beginning:
1. Learn about the situations, environment and the people
2. Find out about the health needs from available data, research and opinion. Is there anything that you are doing that counterbalances your overall corporate wellness? Is there anything that you are doing that assists you in achieving overall corporate wellness?
3. Get buy in from all levels and committees of the company that the information collected shows areas for corporate improvement
1. Set up a committee that is reflective of the company to review the information gathered
2. Set mission, vision, and goals for your company’s wellness plan, based on indicated costs related to lack of wellness, health assessment data, recognized sources of stress, corporate population and agreed upon working definition of health.
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3. Develop program objectives that meet the agreed upon goals. The programs should reflect the needs of all employees, regardless of their differences in level of health, language proficiency, social skills, culture or background and should be a balance of information, skill development, and attitude/value changes
4. The wellness plan should consist of programs based on the actual needs of various groups within the company and should consist of programs that are to be initiated immediately as well as ones that will be phased in
5. Get buy in from all levels and committees of the company by showing that these programs will meet your desired goals and improve company performance. Educate managers and supervisors on the linkages between general management skills and health outcomes and on the benefits of creating healthier work environments
1. Launch programs. Include effective communication directed to targeted audiences
2. Set up a rewards system that encourages healthier work habits and helps to ingrain healthy behaviours and effective evaluation
4. Continue creating buy in from all levels and committees of the company by sharing results of evaluation and future offerings according to overall plan
5. Stress importance of considering the Corporate Wellness Plan in all business decisions
Addressing these 12 Steps will ensure that you are successful in implementing the right workplace wellness program for your team.
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Does your company have a comprehensive wellness program?
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