How to Implement a Corporate Wellness Program
Implementing a wellness program for your company doesn’t have to be an intimidating task. Wellness programs can come in all shapes and sizes and should be designed to complement your company culture. Many companies will start out small, by creating a smoking cessation program or distributing health related information. However you choose to start, these key steps will help you launch a successful wellness campaign.
- Determine needs – find out what employees need and where those goals fit in with the business needs. Understand the mindset of both employer and employee.
- Gain support from senior level management – if you have an interest in building a wellness program, put together a brief overview and present to senior level management. The management team may have other suggestions or ideas on how to best implement a wellness plan. Be sure to address key questions like the financial commitment, manpower, hours, and employee involvement.
- Create wellness teams – once you’ve addressed and garnered support from senior level management - now is the time to build your wellness teams. Send out a company-wide email. Let your coworkers know you’ll be building a wellness program and you’d like their input. Choose a time to meet and create a separate email distribution list for all wellness committee members. This will help you stay organized and communicate effectively.
- Collect and evaluate data – you’ve established and created a wellness committee, now what? Send out a brief employee evaluation. Determine what health issues are important to your fellow coworkers and what interests them most. Is a walking program of interest? Perhaps a more multifaceted wellness program including fitness and risk assessments?
- Once you’ve determined the best type of program for your company, begin implementation. Keep track of important metrics – how many steps your company took during the walking program, how many employees quit smoking, etc. Use this data to encourage and motivate team members to achieve greater health.
- Keep growing – your wellness program should not be stagnant. Remember to add new challenges and get fresh ideas from the committee and company employees. You should change up your wellness program every few years to avoid disinterest. Say you’ve completed a year-long walking program, why not try a healthy eating program the following year or consider rotating on a quarterly basis. Find what works for you and keep growing.
A wellness program doesn’t have to be a headache to implement. Small steps in the right direction can make a big difference in beginning and maintaining a wellness program. Encourage employees to participate. Run contests or incentives for those that see the best results. A wellness program should be fun and informative.
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