When it comes to worksite wellness—and lots of individual health journeys too—people are all too willing to leave things to chance. With the ever-changing health trends, it can be easy to go with what’s new or popular, rather than choosing a route that will actually work.
Instead of testing your luck, wouldn’t you rather have some clue as to what might work in worksite wellness?
You do! Odds are, your “clues” sit down the hall from you working away each and every day.
It’s not always effective to jump on the bandwagon of the latest wellness trend that crops up. It’s important to choose elements of a worksite wellness program that actually mean something to your coworkers and employees.
It can seem tough to figure out what those important wellness elements are—but it can actually be very simple!
Step 1: Seek Feedback
Your employees and coworkers are your greatest assets to a powerful worksite wellness program. Use them! Find out what they want from wellness, where they’re at with their own health, and what they need in a wellness program.
All of these things provide you with a road map. Feedback from your workforce helps you learn what it is they want in a wellness program—and therefore what they’ll actually utilize and take part in.
Step 2: Encourage Buy-In
Seeking feedback leads naturally to higher buy-in because employees feel valued. They feel heard and like this wellness program is actually for them.
Maximize that effect by deliberately encouraging buy-in. There are a million ways to do that. It all depends on where you’re at with your program.
Perhaps you have a contest to pick a name or slogan for your wellness program. Maybe you inventory the hidden health skills people have so you can offer employee-led trainings and programs. Or you could even introduce some friendly competition from the get-go to ensure people are invested.
Whatever strategy you use, make sure you encourage employee buy-in from the very beginning.
Step 3: Take Action
You’ve got valuable input from your employees, and hopefully they’ve bought into what you’re trying to do. The only thing left on your agenda is to get started!
Ride your workforce’s enthusiasm right to the starting blocks by actually using the information they’ve given you. Put their feedback into action and make their buy-in part of the process. Starting doing worksite wellness with your employees’ wants and needs as your number one priority.
You don’t have to guess when it comes to wellness at work, and you don’t have to leave it up to chance. You have the tools you need to design a valuable wellness program. Head down the hall, chat with a coworker and put those tools into action.