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February 28, 2012

How’s Your Wellness Plan Moving Along? Part 1 of 2

Filed under: Benefits,General HR Buzz,Wellness6:00 am

So, you decided to implement a wellness program for 2012.  Your employees had to complete a health risk assessment and you had vendors come in to give flu shots and conduct biometric screenings.  Some of you went even further and offered a financial incentive for completion of the questionnaire.   And ultimately, some of you are now offering reduced premiums for meeting certain health standards, such as not smoking.

Employees jumped through all of the hoops you asked to reap their rewards, yet we still need to ask: Do you really have a wellness program in your organization that will lead to improved health and well-being?   Now is the perfect opportunity to review your annual plan to keep employees engaged and to ensure they are taking advantage of the tools and services available to them; services typically being paid for as part of their health insurance coverage.  It’s also the perfect time to align your wellness goals with your communications and activities.

Here are the first of seven idease to consider as you develop and refine your plan:

  • Purpose.   Is the purpose of your program to reduce healthcare spending and thereby reduce the cost of insurance for your company?   Or are healthier employees happier and therefore more productive?  Does the way your plan is structured support these purposes?  Do you have a means of measuring results?
  • Visible Leadership.  Are all levels of the organization walking the talk of wellness?   Employees need to see visible steps (no pun intended) being taken by senior leadership.  Or have you considered a wellness champion for different departments, branches or locations?
  • Ongoing Communication.  How will you continue to communicate about the program throughout the year?  Make sure the message is repeated and understandable and that the benefits of the programs are clear.

On Thursday, March 1st, I’ll post the remaining four items on the list . . . stay tuned.


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