When employees enjoy optimal health, they’re happier, more loyal, and more productive. Here are the steps to design and establish a highly effective wellness program at your workplace.
Evaluating your workplace can help determine the right wellness program for it. Start by surveying your employees to establish their wellness needs and establish a program that best suits their preferences. Conduct a health risk evaluation and look into your workplace’s health culture. Determine if your employees are making the most of your sponsored health plan.
For your wellness program to succeed in the long haul, you need to bring top management on board. It’s easier to convince senior executives to support and fund an initiative that’s clearly linked with your organization’s short and long-term priorities. Be sure to communicate the program's potential benefits to these key decision-makers.
Create an all-inclusive wellness committee with members from key departments or areas like management, IT, human resources, and health and safety. With an employee-oriented committee, you’ll more easily generate buy-in for your initiative across the entire organization. Members can help in various ways, including auditing current programs and determining employee wellness needs.
Research the wellness needs of your employees to establish long-term goals for the initiative, such as:
Ensure each objective is measurable and has a target timeline. You should state your goals and objectives in a precise way, such as:
You should establish a proper budget to ensure that your employee wellness program is sufficiently funded at all times. Account for critical costs, including:
Also, consider funding options like:
Design program components based on identified employee health needs and the objectives of your organization. You can include programs like:
Your workplace wellness initiative must align with relevant laws, such as ADA, HIPAA, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
You can accomplish a lot for your wellness program with appropriate incentives or rewards. Potential objectives include:
Consider incentivizing employees in ways such as:
Write a wellness policy and communicate it widely throughout your organization to create awareness and maximize employee participation. Cover every aspect of the program, including incentives, objectives, and your organization’s level of involvement. You can effectively pass the message in ways such as:
Evaluating your wellness program periodically is vital for its long-term sustainability and determining its effectiveness. It can help answer crucial questions based on objectives, such as:
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