Always monitor and tweak your Workplace Wellness program. If you don’t, your program will become mundane and employees will lose interest.
Here are 5 quick tips to maintain a successful wellness program.
- Know which claim costs are hurting your bottom line. What is driving them? This includes not only the employee but their spouse and dependents. This information will help you plan and develop programs specifically geared to help reduce those costs.
- Plan: Crawl before you walk and walk before you run. If your expectations aren’t realistic, you will set yourself up for failure. Budget wisely and spend money in areas where you will get the biggest bang for your buck.
- Communicate: What makes your population tick? Focus on easy to read communications which employees will actually look at and take action. Make sure your content has substance but make it short and constant. There is an old saying, wash, rinse repeat. The same is true with good communications which encourage change a little at a time.
- Intertwine workplace wellness with other employee benefits. As an example, if you have an EAP, make it part of your program. It is amazing how few employees are actually aware of this benefit. By making it part of your program you keep this benefit front and center. Include things such as injury prevention and proper ergonomics.
- Be a shining example so employees and upper management take notice. That is one way to get them to join in. They will follow the leader. That is why it is so important to take upper management under your wing and encourage them to walk the walk and talk the talk if you want your program to be taken seriously.
See something positive, say something positive
It is not hard to recognize employees in your corporate wellness program. It is a terrific way to encourage participation.
Inexpensive and Rewarding Program:
“See something positive, say something positive.” It’s a way for the staff to recognize positive behavior to a variety of departments, and managers that do well.
This is very cool and simple: the employer provides colorful index cards and places them in high traffic areas within the building where they will be noticed. When employees and managers want to call attention to someone else’s positive efforts, they grab a card and fill it out. This is very quick and easy.
There are two or more colorfully wrapped boxes with a slot to drop the card into. The boxes are later gathered and the cards displayed in a room popularly used for presentations, meetings and staff appreciation functions.
Brightly colored fliers are placed throughout the building, and in all departments, to explain and promote the program. In order to build awareness and participation in “Say Something Positive,” the fliers are visible to everyone including visitors and potential job candidates.
This very enjoyable program is inexpensive, (colored index cards, copy paper, boxes, thumb tacks or tape) and takes so little time to implement. Try it! You’ll get a lot of bang for your buck. It improves morale, encourages production and promotes interaction within the various cultures of your organization.
The ways to recognize people are endless. It elevates self-esteem, improves morale, increases productivity and positivity.
Focus on just 30 minutes of movement a day. Give any employee who is committed to walking payment for walking shoes. It is less expensive than a gym membership. The following are a few ways to get your base moving for little or no money:
- Put signs in and by the elevator and suggest they use the stairs. “Burn calories, not electricity!”
- Place office equipment such as the copier and fax machines farther away from the main work area.
- Relocating the coffee machine and microwave down the hallway will force employees to get up and move around throughout the day.
- Designate a small exercise room and allow employees to takes breaks and engage in exercise.
- Create walking meetings for small groups and let those creative juices flow!
- Encourage face to face conversations. One quick face to face meeting can save a ton of time.
- Provide after hours yoga or Zumba classes. It will help them meet that 30 minute exercise goal.