1. Issue a letter of support from the CEO
Let your employees know that workplace wellness is a priority to everyone in the company, including the CEO. Communicating & modeling that there is support from the top helps to set the tone for the entire initiative.
2. Designate a company wellness ambasador
The wellness ambassador can be identified from within your already-existing group of employees. The wellness ambassador may also be the Human Resources specialist, administrative assistant or a passionate employee.
3. Conduct an employee health interest survey
Once the owners & managers have bought into the concept & a company wellness ambassador has been designated, the next undertaking is to conduct an employee health interest survey. In addition to garnering buy-in, the health interest survey will provide your company’s wellness ambassador with important insight regarding specific programs in which employees are most interested. By conducting an employee health interest survey, small businesses can learn a lot from their own people—& improve engagement & success of the the wellness initiative.
4. Provide an opportunity for health screening
Health screenings empower employees with an important opportunity to assess & better understand their own personal health status. Without an opportunity to participate in an annual health screening, many employees will not know or understand their “numbers” such as blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI, etc. If your employees don’t understand their own health status, they place themselves at greater risk for experiencing problems which could have been prevented.
5. Administer an annual physical activity campaign
If you want to have healthier employees, encourage them to get moving! Physical activity campaigns are designed to increase the amount of time your employees are physically active during the day, by creating a series of mini-challenges. If employees complete these challenges, they receive certain incentives. Incentive campaigns, which can be fun & easy to coordinate, should be considered an essential part of any organizational wellness program.
Source: Dr. David Hunnicutt, WELCOA President