10 Key Steps to Creating a Culture of Wellness

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Creating a culture of wellness in your workplace is easier than you may think. The implementation of an corporate wellness program does not necessarily require hiring a full-time coach. Here are ten easy steps to help guide you in improving the health and overall wellness of your employees.

1) Evaluate Your Needs

The best corporate wellness programs meet the real needs of employees. To learn more about these needs, nothing is more efficient than running an internal survey on the interests of your employees. In this survey, list only the initiatives that you would actually set up and ask your employees to prioritize them in order of importance. This will allow you to see which activities will generate the most interest and which will contain the greatest value in the eyes of your employees. You can also look at data from your previous wellness initiatives, as well as work data such as method of transport and work schedule.

2) Set Your Priorities

From the data collected by surveys and your observation of the situation, you are able to prioritize the changes you want to make in your organization. What is most needed in terms of wellness? It's important to understand the problems your employees face on a daily basis and which hamper their health.

3) Get Management Support

The support of your company's management team is crucial to the success of any employee wellness program. Leaders generally allocate funding and approve new company policies. The executive committee can also place the objectives of employee health and wellness at the heart of the company vision. To get support from a reluctant or skeptical management committee, you need to build a solid case based on statistics and facts. Refer to Chapter 1 to flesh out your speech. 4) Form a Committee Dedicated to the Success of the Program
The role of this committee is to provide the required efforts to ensure the continuation of the program over time. Responsibilities include an analysis of needs and policies, an assessment of applications for employees, the establishment and promotion of the program, and the analysis of the results. Make sure you surround yourself with motivated people who care to make your organization a good place to work.

5) Set SMART Goals

Based on the results of the survey, the analysis of the current situation and budget, you can set target SMART goals, i.e. specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and defined in time. Several employers implement wellness programs in order to reduce the costs associated with absenteeism and staff turnover. For example, one of your goals could be to decrease absenteeism by 25 percent over a period of six months through conducting sports activities during work hours.

6) Set Up an Activity Schedule

Once you have set your goals, you can organize activities to implement them. Remember to plan your events enough in advance to have time to announce them and to get the support of the employees involved. Your calendar allows you to have an overview on the annual celebrations such as Halloween, Earth Day, Mother's Day or Easter. You can use these events to help create your company wellness program.

7) Promote Your Activities

If you want significant participation in your activities, you must not overlook communication. Feel free to use multiple means of communication, especially at the beginning: posters in the hallways and in the toilet, emails, messages on the internal communication platform. Make your posters and other forms of advertising attractive to your employees. Remember that communication is essential to ensuring that your wellness program runs smoothly. One important method of communication that is often overlooked is peer-to-peer communication. Ask your managers to mention upcoming wellness activities in their team meetings in order to boost participation.

8) Gamify Your Initiatives

Add a competitive dimension to your activities by integrating a rewards system in your wellness program. This fun aspect promotes participation in activities and produces a ripple effect. For example you can give points to employees based on their participation in each of the activities. These points could then be exchanged for prizes of your choice.

9) Maximize Your Results Using Technology

If you want significant participation in your activities, you must not overlook communication. Feel free to use multiple means of communication, especially at the beginning: posters in the hallways and in the toilet, emails, messages on the internal communication platform. Make your posters and other forms of advertising attractive to your employees. Remember that communication is essential to ensuring that your wellness program runs smoothly.

10) Evaluate & Measure the Results

Make sure you collect feedback from employees after they have completed the assigned activities. Over time, you will see which activities generate the most interest and you can make adjustments accordingly.