The financial and health impacts of workplace wellness programs are dramatically higher when the programs have strong leadership support. A strong leadership support results in more employees participating. It also dramatically increases the percent of emplyees who adopt healthier behaviours. Strong leadership support has a huge impact on wellness program outcomes. Here are 5 simple strategies leaders use to support wellness in the workplace.
1. TELL EMPLOYEES WHY WELLNESS IS IMPORTANT
Communication is important to provide the reason behind why your organization is doing wellness. This is also where you can explain how your organization defines wellness, why it’s important for the company’s bottom line, and what steps are going to take place in order to implement wellness in the workplace.
2. CREATE AN EMPLOYEE WELLNESS COMMITTEE
When you appoint employees to the wellness committee the wellness programs becomes their own rather than something that is forced upon them. This will result in more ownership of the ideas which in turn leads to better communication and better promotion of the program.
3. COMMUNICATE THE WELLNESS PROGRAM
If you believe that employee wellness is important, let your employees know. Use all communication channels to let every employee know about the benefits of participating in wellness. Remember to use email, newsletters, video, safety, meetings, payroll stuffers, posters, personal invitations and more.
4. HELP CREATE A WORKPLACE CULTURE OF HEALTH
Leaders establish the culture. Does your workplace have a culture of health? Can your employees get healthy food at work? Is it easy for employees to be physically active? The first place to start is to get a list of things your workplace can do to have a healthy culture. If you are looking for wellness programs to implement click HERE to see a list of great programs.
The single most important thing a leader can do is to participate in the wellness program. When employees see leaders participate, they are more motivated to do the same. If you were to pick just one strategy, consider this one.
6. INTEGRATE WELLNESS INCENTIVES INTO BENEFITS
The most effective wellness programs have wellness programs incentives tied to benefits. That where you come in. Without leadership, it is nearly impossible to change benefits. You could offer better health plans for wellness participants or even offer a paid day off as a in incentive for participating.