Earlier in the week, we examined the first three steps to take to establish a corporate wellness program for your company: crafting your vision/purpose, obtaining leadership buy-in, and conducting an internal assessment. This week, we’ll discuss how to create your action plan moving forward.
Develop a Wellness Committee
After the internal assessment, the next step in creating your company wellness program is to determine your best path of action. The goals of your path of action are to best address the findings of your internal assessment and to execute the business strategy outlined by company leadership.
A valuable method to gain support and make the process smoother is to create a wellness committee that is representative of all groups in your company, including leadership. Additionally, engage your health insurance provider to see what types of benefits, incentives, or discounts may be offered toward a company wellness program.
Hire a Wellness Coach
Also, consider utilizing an outside wellness provider to bring support in from day one. Begin by making a roll-out plan that creates awareness in your employee population of your current risk status obtained in your internal assessment.
Conduct health risk assessments, health screenings, and/or take different measurements with health coaches to physically show your employees and health risks they may have. For example, waist circumference has been generally linked to higher cardiovascular disease risk in many populations. Having an outside coach conduct waist circumference measurements for employees is a simple, quick, noninvasive method of raising health risk awareness in your employee community.
Another plan of action could involve engaging with a health coach. By having employees meet with a health coach and setting a goal, the chance of success is doubled by bringing in outside support and obligation. These efforts also create a sense of community in which individuals’ health and wellness efforts thrive and help them work towards their goals together as a collective group, rather than a bunch of individuals trying to become healthier on their own.
Focus on Small, Daily Behaviors
Your path of action may also be behaviorally-oriented, focusing on the small, daily behaviors that your employees engage in and refocusing them toward a healthier goal. For example, encourage employees to use a pedometer and figure out how many daily steps they are currently taking. Then, promote an area-wide increase of 250 steps above each individual’s daily amount. Or, simply encourage employees to not gain weight. Rather than losing weight, which takes significantly more effort, employees can notice the efficacy of their simple, small effort that has a powerful effect on their health risk status.
Taking small initial steps in a roll-out plan designed to raise awareness and address the findings of your internal assessment will gradually encourage a smooth shift of employee habits and mindsets towards a healthier, more robust wellness program. Again, outside consultants are available to help nail down the best, most comprehensive path of action, provide a human element, and to promote longevity in your wellness program.
In the next article in this series, look forward to a more in-depth look at different wellness programs, committees, interventions, and strategies, such as individual wellness coaching, wellness challenges, mindfulness and meditation offerings, and other more robust, engaging wellness initiatives. For more information on implementing a wellness program, give us a call today.