For example, a Employee Wellness Plan that includes a tobacco-free workplace policy improves the likelihood that staff members will try to quit tobacco use and will quit using tobacco successfully.
Similarly, a Employee Wellness Plan that includes discounting healthy foods in your cafeteria and vending machines helps increase staff members’ consumption of healthy foods which supports your investment in disease management programs for staff members with diabetes, heart disease or hypertension. The following will guide you through the ten key steps in starting a Employee Wellness Plan and workplace setting that encourages staff member health.
In an era of increasing health care costs and fervent competition, businesses have a vested interest in the health of their staff members. Research has found that, on average, staff members with healthy behaviors (such as not using tobacco or being active for 30 minutes a day) incur lower health care expenses, are absent from work less often, and are more productive when at work (higher presenteeism) than staff members with unhealthy behaviors.
Employee Wellness Plan: Securing Upper Management Support
Employee Wellness Plan support from the highest level of upper management is essential to your success in starting a culture of wellness within your workplace. Look for Employee Wellness Plan support from a leader who is respected by and can sway other leaders. (It’s not important that he or she be the fittest executive within your organization just that they directly support the Employee Wellness Program.) You will be relying on this culture-of-health champion to advocate for changes that you recommend and to ensure the organization allocates adequate Employee Wellness Plan resources (staff, time, and money) to maintain and improve the workplace policies, physical setting, and social norms.
Gain Employee Wellness Plan Staff and Financing
Starting and maintaining a Employee Wellness Plan within your organization needs to be someone’s priority. However, unless your organization is quite large, you likely don’t need to hire a full-time staff person for the Employee Wellness Program. There are a number of ways to find an individual with the necessary skills to guide and support your organization’s Employee Wellness Program.
Creating facilities and Employee Wellness Plan policies, such as those allowing staff members to be physically active during the workday, does not need to be expensive, but it does require adequate and sustained funding. If possible, include the creation of a workplace setting that supports the Employee Wellness Plan as a permanent component of the operating budget; that helps to ensure it’s an ongoing priority for your organization.
Employee Involvement in the Employee Wellness Plan
Developing a cross section of workers to advise your organization’s Employee Wellness Plan ensures that improvements in workplace facilities, policies and practices address the true needs and obstacles of all groups of workers. In addition, these staff members can serve as the front-line Employee Wellness Plan supporters of policies and practices with their peers.
Create a Employee Wellness Plan “Brand” and Vision
A Employee Wellness Plan vision and a brand are powerful first steps in bringing a Employee Wellness Plan from an idea to a reality. What would you like your workplace environment to look like five years from now? A succinct Employee Wellness Plan vision statement summarizes for all (staff members and leaders alike) the reasons for starting a Employee Wellness Program. It also reminds everyone of the link between staff member health and your organization’s ability to achieve its overall mission.
Branding your organization’s Employee Wellness Plan sends a message to staff members that the organization’s commitment and support of healthy behaviors is important and is here to stay. Choose a Employee Wellness Plan name and logo that resonate with staff members. Then use that brand on all Employee Wellness Plan communications with staff members about the policies, facilities and programs your organization offers to promote healthy behaviors.
Assess Your Current Employee Wellness Plan Situation
Exactly how your organization creates a Employee Wellness Plan that encourages healthy eating, physical activity, and reduces tobacco use will depend on the unique characteristics of your organization and employee population.
Assess how the current workplace facilities, policies, and unwritten norms support — or discourage — healthy behaviors.
Gather information on the health and health-related behaviors of your employee population. The most common method is by using a validated health risk assessment. If you don’t have data specific to your staff members, you can estimate the prevalence of different health risks and behaviors within your employee population using state or national data. Note: Information on workers’ health interests alone is not sufficient; but can be a useful supplement to health risk data and might help you set priorities.
Set Employee Wellness Plan Goals and Priorities
Use what you’ve discovered about employee health and about your current workplace setting to determine your organization’s Employee Wellness Plan priorities. From those Employee Wellness Plan priorities, define clear and measurable Employee Wellness Plan objectives for improving employee health and your organization’s culture. Well written objectives will provide the basis for planning and for measuring your progress.
Choose Employee Wellness Plan Strategies
Focus your organization’s Employee Wellness Plan resources (time, energy and money) on strategies that are most likely to produce results: a rise in healthy eating, a rise in physical activity, and a reduction in tobacco use. There’s no need to guess at what might work.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reviewed thousands of research studies and has identified the Employee Wellness Plan approaches most likely to result in significant, lasting, and widespread improvements in health behaviors. Those Employee Wellness Plan strategies are included in the physical activity, tobacco, and healthy eating sections of this website.
The formula for Employee Wellness Plan success is to make the healthier choices the easier choices.
Implement Employee Wellness Plan Strategies
Once you’ve chosen your Employee Wellness Plan Strategies, it can be useful to arrange the work on a timeline. The “right” amount of time for implementing each Employee Wellness Plan strategy depends on the staff time, budget, and business demands of your organization. Work plans keep your efforts moving and help to ensure that plans to start a Employee Wellness Plan stay on track even if there are changes in staffing or other challenges.
Communicate and Educate About the Employee Wellness Plan
Ensure staff members are aware of the Employee Wellness Plan opportunities you’ve provided. Planning your Employee Wellness Plan communications allows you to communicate regularly with staff members without overwhelming them at any one time.
Monitor and Report Your Employee Wellness Plan Results
At the same time that you plan your Employee Wellness Plan Strategies, think about how you’ll measure success. It’s much easier to gather information – or to start systems for collecting information — before you start a Employee Wellness Plan strategy rather than as an afterthought. Keep in mind that you’re likely to see improvements in staff member morale and/or behaviors before you see decreases in rates of absenteeism or health care claims.
Report both your Employee Wellness Plan successes in building a healthy workplace environment (such as complete implementation of a policy that provides staff members time for walking during the workday), and Employee Wellness Plan successes in getting workers to take charge of their health (a rise in the number of staff members who contacted the stop-smoking program, or a rise in the number of fruit-cups purchased from the cafeteria following a promotion and price-cut).
If you’d like assistance developing, implementing, managing or improving your employee wellness plan then please contact us here at Infinite Wellness Solutions. We offer a complimentary wellness proposal service which can be requested here: Free Wellness Proposals.