We know you’ve been lining up benefits and policies for 2015. But give wellness the planning attention it deserves and you might just facilitate your company’s healthiest year yet! Here are just a few tips:
1. Ask Your Employees Now!
You’ve probably been measuring the effectiveness of your wellness initiatives. But going to the source to get feedback on why certain initiatives were successful, why some weren’t, and how some initiatives can be improved can help you hone in on what your employees respond to, saving you a lot of time and money in the long run! You can also survey staff to find out more about their current health habits so that you can address concerns with upcoming initiatives. Check out the CDC’s Worksite Health Promotion site for tips about surveying your team. Then poll them asap so that you can plan effective measures for 2015.
2. Outline your wellness calendar.
Before you panic about one more calendar or outline for 2015, know that this one doesn’t have to be a ton of work, or complicated, or expensive. It’s simply an outline of how you will address employee well-being throughout the year.
Make a goal to address a wellness-related benefit, event, challenge, discount, goal, or initiative each month. Perhaps there are certain wellness initiatives that take place each year; say, biometric screenings in the fall or a walking challenge each spring. Add those to your calendar, and look for ways to fill the other months! It could be with lunch-and-learns, weekly lunchtime walks, educational emails, speakers, contests, highlighting local walks and runs or setting up and promoting fitness discounts. How you fill the months is up to you, and your calendar can be flexible! But planning is the first step of doing; let your wellness calendar help you consistently promote well-being all year.
3. Plan to implement wellness challenges. Multiple wellness challenges.
We love wellness challenges (we offer six of them, after all). We know they’re highly effective. We also know that two challenges are better than one.
Implementing multiple challenges will give you a chance to engage and educate employees multiple times throughout the year. It will provide your colleagues with fresh motivation to maintain the healthy habits and routines that they picked up in the first challenge (or motivation to get back on track, if they’ve started to slip). Everyone has different interests, abilities and motivational triggers, so the more ways you can motivate your diverse team, the better! And, in our experience, if employees decide to take the plunge and do one challenge, they usually participate in others.
Not sure what kind of challenges to implement or when to start? Contact us for a solution based on your population, your budget and your schedule.
4. Plan a wellness fair!
If you really want to get your team focused on wellness, try a wellness fair (separate from your usual benefits fair). From inviting speakers to bringing local health club reps on-site, there are a lot of things you can do to educate your employees on their wellness resources. Check out our tips for hosting a successful wellness event here.
Bonus points: Hold your wellness fair during the registration period for a wellness challenge. Doing so really helps generate buzz surrounding a challenge, and if employees can sign up at the event and get questions answered on the spot, you’ll greatly increase participation and motivation!
4. Plan to strategically promote your LifeBalance discounts.
Your office probably goes through the post-holiday fitness craze just like, well, pretty much every office in America. How about highlighting your LifeBalance health club, yoga and weight management discounts in January? Promote running/walking gear or cycling savings as the weather warms up; whitewater rafting, camping gear and amusement park discounts for spring break and summer; skiing/snowboarding discounts in the winter and massage/spa discounts during your company’s most stressful months. Be sure to share information about a mix of wellness and recreational discounts, as after all, healthy recreation is an important part of well-being.
Don’t have LifeBalance discounts for your staff? Contact us to learn about implementing this affordable, turn-key and valued employee benefit.