Just having a wellness program in place doesn't guarantee it will succeed. Try these ideas to help employees stay on target:
Align worksite policies and your program. For example, what's your employee break policy? Do you have a company policy on smoking to tie into your stop smoking program offering? Do you have a walking program and walking paths around your worksites?
Integrate the program into other company offerings, such as:
- Employee assistance programs, or EAP, to help with personal issues.
- Occupational health safety, or OHS, to prevent work injuries.
- Return-to-work programs to help rejoin the workforce after short-term disability.
Create a brand for your wellness program and use it for program promotion. It creates recognition and helps lend credibility. We've got proven promotional materials you can use.
Use data, diagnostics and metrics. The more ways you're able to hone in on your target audience, meet needs, and measure success, the more likely you are to build a long-term return on investment.
Include personal coaching, especially in programs focused on long-term behavior change. Whether by phone, online or face-to face, coaching helps maintain employee engagement and positive reinforcement. For example, our Healthy Lifestyles program reported results from 2013-2014 that 69% of participants who were coached improved or eliminated at least one health risk.
Build variety into the types of programs you provide. You can create a wellness calendar of events. Consider:
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The road to good health is yours to travel. But you don't have to do it alone. Whether you're managing a health condition or making changes in your life like quitting bad habits or getting in shape - we can help. Check out our new classes and resources below. Contact us to set personalized health and wellness goals and learn about the programs available to you.
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