The Next Level
1. Initiate a senior level wellness program. One reason corporate wellness programs do not succeed is because senior level executives do not buy-in and do not participate in the wellness programming.
2. Ensure that your strategic wellness plan includes a vision, mission, goals, specific objectives, budgets, communication strategies and evaluation strategies. Often companies miss how they are going to evaluate their successes
3. Link health promotion initiatives to your benefits plan. Studies have found that participation in the wellness program increases dramatically.
4. Look into personal coaching services for high-risk employees. Wellness programs often try to move high-risk employees to low risk employees. This is a long-term process and personal coaching is often needed.
5. Keep working on the basics. Workplace wellness initiatives need to address healthy eating and physical activity strategies as obesity has reached epidemic status. Being overweight is linked more strongly to health related problems than smoking and heavy drinking. Stress is an on-going concern and needs to be continually addressed and tailored to the various life stages experienced by the employees.
6. Evaluate your health benefits costs and the current cost of your wellness programming per employee. Most companies spend far too little on the prevention side of the equation. Look at your wellness promotion as an investment not as an expense.
Do you have a well established wellness plan?
Are your wellness programs joined together?
Are you measuring ROI?
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