Starting a Wellness Program
When starting a wellness program it is important to include wellness events and programs that have appeal to as many as possible of your workers. Because of the wide range of employee wellness programs available, it makes sense to establish a health promotion team with representatives from all primary areas of your company to select the programs your employees need.
Your health promotion team should assist with all aspects of starting a wellness program including, develop the appropriate rewards and incentives for participation and be champions of the employee wellness programs. Employee wellness programs also need visible support from the upper management team to be successful and therefore it is recommended that upper management be involved in starting a wellness program for the employees.
A company may consider starting a wellness program that is structured around a theme. The theme should be motivating and inspire workers to reach their goals. The theme could be created to meld with your organizational culture or tied to a national health observance.
Health Promotion is a year round consideration. Perhaps, your company will decide to sponsor an annual health and wellness fair, but during the year, your initiative should include employee wellness programs. Ideas for regular employee wellness programs include weekly employee wellness newsletters discussing health issues, potluck lunches featuring healthy recipes, walking clubs to encourage physical activity or classes on nutrition and eating properly.
Employee wellness programs require a lot of resources in starting a wellness program and maintaining a wellness program. To successfully launch, publicize and support a employee wellness programs, your company will need to commit the necessary resources.
Starting a Wellness Program: Benefits
Starting a wellness program allows employers to improve the mental and physical health of their employees and sometimes their dependents. The focus of every wellness program should be a reduction in health risk and disease prevention. When starting a wellness program it is important to acknowledge that all employees are at different stages when it comes to their ability and inclination to change. An individual who may not succeed one year may be successful in making lifestyle changes the following year.
Employee wellness programs are a long term commitment. Starting a wellness program one year and withdrawing it the next year does not make good sense. The ability to make hard lifestyle changes takes a lot of time. Most staff members will be thankful for the help. Resources and initiatives to aid staff members identify potential issues and make lifestyle changes will yield positive results for your company and your staff members.