STEP 1: Obtain leadership commitment
Consider these parameters when addressing the scope and goals of your Company’s wellness program:
- Find out what senior managers think about wellness
- Outline management expectations
- Find out what HR issues are of most concern to your organization’s management (for example, health care costs, absenteeism, turnover, disability claims)
- Understand current benefits information, medical plan options, insurance carriers, major changes; etc.
- Show senior management that improving the health practices of your employees pays off in these specific areas
- Dedicate a key implementation contact person and job position (% of time dedicated to wellness operations) for company wellness initiatives
- Consider company location(s) and demographic information when developing a wellness action plan (locations listed; population by location; percentage male/female; average age; etc.)
- Understand past and/or current wellness initiatives (preventive/risk reduction services, participation rates, and challenges; onsite facility; programs; etc.)
- Identify stand-out program activities or wellness concepts
- Determine a budget
- Does this take advance planning?
- How will you use the money? (See Step 3)
- Will you provide incentives to participants?