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4 simple steps to start a wellness program at your company

You have the green light to introduce a workplace wellness program, now what? How do you start a wellness program at work?

The first step is bringing decision makers and staff departments together to make certain that your wellness program engages your workforce and that it meets business goals.

Getting started is not a tough as you may think. Wellness program leaders tell us there are three key actions to take right from the start:

  • Develop a planning calendar that includes milestones for program launch
  • Communicate clearly and consistently across teams
  • Include and collaborate with company leadership

Here are 4 simple steps to start a workplace wellness program:

1. Get a “thumbs up” from leadership

Align your health and well-being plan with your organization’s overall business goals and mission statement to shore up support from executives and leadership teams.

Top priorities typically include reducing overall healthcare costs, minimizing absenteeism and enhancing productivity. Some organizations may also use talent acquisition and retention or raising employee morale as program goals.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recommend creating a wellness committee. This is an employee-driven committee that helps build and sustain a wellness culture in your organization. It will help build organizational support and effectiveness for the wellness program. 1

2. Set up metrics with your wellness program vendor

Be clear about your company’s goals for your health and well-being program when talking with your wellness provider. They can help you establish metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) right from the start. Then you will be able to monitor participation and engagement across your workforce to measure the effectiveness of your program. Reviewing performance makes it easier to tweak your wellness program to align with business targets and the organization’s mission.

Examples of KPIs include:

  • Team members taking health assessments
  • Number of employee steps, with special attention to 7,000+ daily steps recommended by the CDC
  • Biometric screenings to assist with identifying and managing chronic illness
  • Employee participation in health and well-being education sessions and fitness challenges

Focus on metrics that allow you to compare your employee population’s health risks and activity levels year after year. The data will help in tracking progress and show you ways to adjust the budget and resource allocations over time.

3. Step up communication channels and cadences

Announcing your new health and well-being program to your employees requires coordination and planning across the organization. From company-wide meetings and team get-togethers to emails, traditional mail, posters, handouts and videos, you’ll need to get the word out to everyone in your organization.

Take advantage of resources provided by your wellness vendor, such as proprietary websites, wellness calendars, staffing and more. Communicate often and send reminders about health assessments, activity trackers and wearable tech, well-being education, fitness activities, etc.

Lean on your wellness committee to help spread the word, generate excitement, provide feedback from employees and offer guidance to promote the program.

4. Size up the success of your program

Use the dashboards and reports available through your wellness provider. Plan regular meetings with your vendor, organizational leaders and members of your wellness committee to make sure your health and well-being program supports your organization’s objectives.

A successful corporate wellness initiative requires continuous evaluation, executing program elements personalized to employee needs and encouraging team member engagement.

For example, a primary goal of the Go365 program is to engage members by rewarding them for short-term activities that are in their best interest long-term. The ultimate purpose is to create new healthy habits and support sustainable lifestyle changes.

To learn more about launching a workplace health and well-being program, contact your Humana sales agent or request more information about Go365’s wellness program by filling out this formOpens in new window.

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Sources:

1 How to Establish and Design a Wellness Program, SHRM (Society of Human Resources Management) https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/tools-and-samples/how-to-guides/pages/howtoestablishanddesignawellnessprogram.aspxOpens in new window

2 Workplace Health Model, CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) https://www.cdc.gov/workplacehealthpromotion/model/index.htmlOpens in new window