The success of a wellness plan relies on employee engagement and participation. And promoting wellness in the workplace is essential in getting employees involved. According to the rule of seven in business, a prospective customer needs to see your ads seven times before they are ready to buy. Likewise, your employees need to see the details and information about your wellness program multiple times in various places before they are ready to participate.i
Here are three steps to help promote health and well-being at work:
Communication is key to driving employee participation.ii
Communication needs to be shared from all levels of leadership. Managers should remind and encourage employees to participate, senior leadership should discuss the programs during quarterly Town Halls and all upper-level leadership should lead by example. Follow these tips when communicating with employees:
- It must be clear, easy to access and exciting.
- It helps to be creative and try to appeal to emotion when it comes to wellness communications.
- Keep it short. Cut communications down to only a few hundred words. Use infographics and attention-generating messages that are easily digestible.
Make downtime a priority.
According to an Eastern Kentucky University study, 40 percent of American workers say that their jobs are very stressful, and 26 percent of employees say they are often burned out or stressed by their job.iii But companies can help combat that by following some easy steps:
- Normalize the practice of shutting down at the end of the day and not working late hours or early mornings.
- Encourage employees to take vacation days or long weekends every few months. This will help with employee burnout and turnover.
- Remind employees to step away from their desks during the day to refocus and come back with fresh eyes.
- Make it okay to take a sick day when needed. Keeping sick employees out of the office will help keep the rest of the staff healthy and safe.
Celebrate the wins!
Don’t forget to celebrate! Positive encouragement can go a long way in a work environment. Here are some tips to make it happen:
- Set aside time each month to celebrate wins related to company health.
- Promote team challenges, as well as their wins and results.
- Remind people about the incentives and how people are being rewarded.
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1 “7 Ways to Encourage Participation in your Employee Wellness Program,” 2020 Onsite, last accessed April 19, 2021, https://www.2020onsite.com/blog/7-ways-to-encourage-participation-in-your-employee-wellness-programOpens in new window
2 “How to Establish and Design a Wellness Program,” SHRM, last accessed April 20, 2021. https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/tools-and-samples/how-to-guides/pages/howtoestablishanddesignawellnessprogram.aspxOpens in new window
3 “Burnt! Stress at the Workplace and How it’s Reshaping America,” Eastern Kentucky University, last accessed April 13, 2021. https://safetymanagement.eku.edu/blog/work-related-stress-on-employees-health/Opens in new window