7 Best Practices for Building a Wellness Program
Workplace wellness, as defined by the Harvard Business Review, is an “organized, employer-sponsored program that is designed to support employees (and, sometimes, their families) as they adopt and sustain behaviors that reduce health risks, improve quality of life, enhance personal effectiveness, and benefit the organization’s bottom line.”
The Wellness Councils of America (WELCOA) has identified seven best practices to follow when building a comprehensive and effective workplace wellness program within an organization:
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1. Get senior-level support. Successful wellness programs start at the top. The following documents help to educate the importance of workplace wellness and gain C-Suite support and leadership.
- An Employer’s Guide to Promoting Wellness at the Workplace
- Gain Senior Management Support for Wellness Programs
- Why Promote Wellness?
- Small Steps to Healthier Employees Presentation
- Potential Legal Issues Associated with Workplace Wellness Plans
- Introduction to Wellness Program Email
- Wellness Benefits
- Workplace Wellness Program Incentives
- Wellness Program Checklist
2. Form a wellness team. Creating a culture of health takes passionate leadership from all levels of an organization—these resources tell employers how to do just that.
- Workplace Wellness: Creating a Successful Wellness Team
- Workplace Wellness: Breathing Energy into a Wellness Team
3. Use data to drive wellness initiatives. Employers often struggle with what wellness initiatives to offer. The survey, assessment checklist, and health risk appraisal document guide employers where to focus their efforts.
- Health Risk Assessments
- Employee Needs & Interests Survey
- Wellness Environment Assessment
- Assessment Checklist
- Sourcing Data to Enhance Your Wellness Program
4. No program is successful without a plan. These documents help employers develop an annual workplace wellness operating plan.
- Wellness Program Vision Statement
- Action Plan
- Wellness Program Work Plan
- Results Oriented Wellness Programs
5. Choose appropriate health initiatives. The data collected will help employers decide what wellness initiatives to promote. The following templates offer employers with some low cost wellness ideas.
- Workplace Wellness: Low Cost Resources for Small Businesses
- Workplace Wellness: Low-cost Wellness Strategies
- Workplace Wellness: Wellness Initiatives to Promote Healthy Weight
Additionally, we have over 650 different resources in support of the following 15 workplace wellness initiatives:
- Children’s Health
- Employee Health Care Consumerism
- Financial Fitness
- Going Green
- General Health
- Men’s Health
- Mental Health
- National Health Observances
- Nutrition / Obesity
- Smoking Cessation
- Wellness Fairs
- Women’s Health
- Workplace Fatigue
6. Create a corporate environment that supports wellness. The following resources help employers support a culture of health.
- Using Incentives in Wellness Programs
- Introduction to Wellness Program Email
- Maintaining Motivation and Interest
- Keeping Your Healthy Employees Healthy
- Offering Healthy Eating Options to Employees
- Designing the Healthy Vending Machine
- Alternative Working Schedules Policy
- Smoke-free Incentive Policy
7. Evaluate the outcome of workplace wellness initiatives. The documents listed below help employers determine what works and what doesn’t so they can plan for the next year.
- Enhancing the Return on Your Investment
- Calculating Your ROI
- Sample Evaluation Tools & Measures
Weight-loss Winner Program
The Weight-loss Winner program was created to promote long-term wellness through nutrition, exercise and instilling healthy habits. The aim is for individuals (or teams) to lose a goal amount of weight each week for the duration of the program. The individual or team with the most successful weeks of meeting their weight-loss goals after 10 weeks wins the competition.
- Weight-loss Winner: Employee Guide
- Weight-loss Winner: Employer Guide
- Weight-loss Winner: Campaign Posters
- Weight-loss Winner: Tracking Sheet
- Weight-loss Winner: Follow-up Survey
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