Why Employee Wellness Plan follow up?
Getting feedback from Employee Wellness Plan members serves two purposes: to
obtain data that quantifies a Wellness Program’s impact, and to find ways
to improve a Employee Wellness Program.
Building follow up into your Employee Wellness Plan
Keep it simple
- Keep follow up to information you absolutely require. A three-question survey
is more likely to get a response than one with 20 questions.
- Use email or phone for follow-up. Use personal and business email addresses;
use cell phone and unit phone numbers.
- Go to the Employees: go to the unit or somewhere else they will all be gathered,
and get follow up information there.
- Give members a stamped envelope addressed to you, with a printed form listing
the information you will need.
Keep it structured
- Tell members right from the beginning that you will be doing follow up
after the Employee Wellness Plan is finished. Be specific about the information
you will collect.
- If you need to do hands-on measurements, find out if members will be coming
back to your location for another reason (like another clinic appointment).
Ask them to stop by while they are in the building – or, better yet,
go to where they will be.
- Ask members where they will be the next time you will be collecting data.
They may already know their next duty station if they will be PCSing soon.
- Plan ahead for follow up and put it on the schedule. Planning to do follow
up “when you have time” usually means follow up will never get
Keep it catchy
- Give members something to go along with the request for information. By
way of example, if you send an email to ask for information, send along a
yummy recipe or a timely excercise tip.
- Schedule a ‘reunion’ day to collect follow up information.
Invite members to come back and share successes and challenges. Have some
(healthy) munchies available.
- Have a silly contest – the team with the most follow up data wins
something, like having their photos posted on a prominently-placed bulletin
board or an eggplant trophy, or some other fun thing.