Wellness Coordinators – 3 Keys to Selecting Your Worksite Wellness Programming (Yes You Can)

Interventions and programming are a key determinant in whether your worksite wellness program is successful and sustainable, or it fails to make a difference. So what makes a worksite wellness program successful and sustainable?The 3 key dimensions include: engagement, impact and sustainability.Key #1 – Engagement Employees need to not only participate in your wellness program, they need to engage with it. Engagement goes beyond participation. Engagement is about passion, enthusiasm and commitment. Worksite wellness program engagement strategies leverage an individual’s perceptions, enthusiasm and concern for their health and health risks. Engaged employees are committed to your program. Engagement is about emotional commitment and a belief by employees that they have the ability, resources and support they need to be successful in the lifestyle change strategies they undertake, or are seeking to maintain. It is critical that your programming/interventions engage a large portion of your employee population.Key #2 – Impact It is critical that your programming lead to measurable improvement in both employee health and/or reduction in health risk. It is also critical that your programming/interventions lead to measurable improvement in your organization’s employee support systems and mechanisms. When it comes to impact, here are some questions for you to consider: What is the impact your programming and interventions are seeking to achieve?
How will your programming/interventions impact the health of program participants?
What are the specific impacts of the programming and interventios you are considering?
Do intervention impacts align with your overall program’s purpose and goals?
Are the programming impacts aligned with employee wants and desires or with senior leader wants and desires?For each of your interventions, it is important for you to understand their most likely impacts.Key #3 – SustainabilitySustainable programming and interventions are critical to sustaining the health benefits employees and participants derive from the wellness program. They are also critical to recruiting new program participants. As the wellness coordinator, you should ask yourself: What is my organization’s commitment to continued support?Since health risks naturally shift along the health risk continuum, it is important that your programming be sustainable for the long haul. One of type programming or intervention will only lead to employee confusion. Your core interventions (nutrition, physical activity, sleep and stress management) need to be sustainable to ensure your program’s continuity. Employees need programming and interventions they can both embrace and depend on.Innovation and freshness are also needed to support programming/intervention sustainability. Successful programming and interventions are critical to your worksite wellness program’s overall success and sustainability.