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4 Tips for Starting a Worksite Wellness Program

Published Wednesday, April 10, 2019 2:30 pm

Worksite wellness creates happier, healthier, and more productive employees. Offering worksite wellness is a systematic approach that includes assessing your worksite, planning wellness and implementing your efforts.

  1. Build Your Business Case – A worksite wellness program can positively impact a company and its employees’ lives, both in dollars and quality of life. Worksite wellness can improve your company’s bottom line by lowering health care costs, increasing productivity, boosting morale and attracting and retaining employees. The average return on investment for comprehensive wellness program is $3-$6 for every $1 invested.
  2. Gain support from stakeholders – Support and commitment from all levels of management is essential to building a successful worksite wellness program. Buy-in from management is critical for funding purposes, obtaining support throughout the organization and approving policies and programs. Communicate with management the benefits of a worksite wellness program and how it can impact the organization and employees.
  3. Form a Wellness Committee – Establish an employee-driven committee that includes staff from all levels and from various departments. The committee will help build organizational support and a wellness culture. Responsibilities may include recruitment, program and policy development, event planning, incentives and evaluation.
  4. Assessment – Assessing the health of the workforce and the organization’s willingness to make improvements is vital. The information gathered through the assessment will help identify priorities and guide the development of the program. The assessment should include:
  • Evaluating current worksite environment, policies, and the wellness culture
  • Conducting an employee survey to identify employee interests and needs
  • Gathering existing data (e.g. health risk assessment data, health plan data (medical and pharmaceutical), workers compensation claims, absentee rate, etc.)

For more information about starting a Worksite Wellness Program visit www.hlaozarks.com or contact Julie Viele at jviele@springfieldmo.gov or (417) 864-2077.