Best Practices For Building a Culture of Wellness

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:

  • Lunch & learns

  • Workshops

  • Team challenges

  • Support groups

  • Volunteer opportunities

  • Health fairs

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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