Shopping Basket 0
Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc.

HUMAN KINETICS

Excerpts

First steps in developing successful wellness initiatives

This is an excerpt from Winning Health Promotion Strategies By Anne Marie Ludovici-Connolly, MS, CHFS


Where to Begin

An organization was experiencing the worst financial climate in a decade. Employee morale was low, many jobs were being eliminated, and all department budgets were being cut. Leaders began investigating possible savings options within all divisions of the organization, including health care costs. To help accomplish this goal, they were contemplating the implementation of an employee wellness initiative. They were interested but not sure if they were fully committed to the idea. The director of human resources asked, If we were to offer a wellness initiative, where would we begin?” Where would you begin? First, consider the following questions:

1. What are your goals for wellness? If your goal is to introduce wellness to the organization, then you may want to begin by offering one or two wellness programs (see program examples in part II). If the goal is to make a significant impact on the culture and health of the organization, reduce health care costs and other costs such as workers’ compensation or sick days, or achieve any other significant outcomes, begin planning for a comprehensive wellness initiative.

Ludovici 17 box.png

2. What are your resources? If your resources and budget are slim, you may still offer a comprehensive wellness initiative, but you must be creative about using all of your current internal as well as external resources. Another option is to launch programs in phases over a period of time, or offer a few programs detailed in part II and wait until you can devote the funds and staff to make a bigger splash.

3. How committed is the organization? If the organization and its leadership are fully committed to wellness, a comprehensive initiative may be successful. If the commitment is low, beginning with a few programs until you can garner full support may be the way to go.

4. What is the climate of the organization at this time? Timing is everything. If it is a turbulent time within the organization, you may have a difficult time launching a comprehensive initiative. It really depends on many factors such as how the program is positioned and the commitment and goals of the organization.

There is no right or wrong direction in which to go based on how you answer these questions. You must use your best judgment and do what’s best for your organization or group. The right answer for one organization may not be the right one for another. The wellness team or board of advisors should weigh all the internal and external variables when contemplating the timing of a program launch. Here are two strategies to choose from:

1. Comprehensive wellness initiative: This chapter can assist those who would like to create a comprehensive wellness initiative. The evidence-based steps to building a successful initiative are easy to follow and highly effective.

2. Traditional wellness programming: Another option for exploring wellness is to begin with a program or two. If you not quite ready or able to commit the time and resources to a full-scale initiative, begin with traditional programming to test the waters. Traditional programming may create some interest in wellness, reveal how open participants might be to a more comprehensive program, and provide time to get the support needed for a comprehensive initiative. Such programming also does not require intensive commitments such as employee health surveys. It is important to note that a return on investment (ROI) or organizational cost savings as a result of positive health behavior changes are less frequently observed with traditional programming.

Ludovici 18 box.png


Share Facebook Reddit LinkedIn Twitter

Tools


Print Save to favorites


Products


Winning Health Promotion Strategies
$49.50
Winning Health Promotion Strategies eBook
$32.50


Also of Interest



Get the latest news, special offers, and updates on authors and products. SIGN UP NOW!

Human Kinetics Rewards

About Our Products

Book Excerpts

Catalogs

News and Articles

About Us

Career Opportunities

Events

Partners

Business to Business

Author Center

HK Today Newsletter

Services

Exam/Desk Copies

Language rights translation

Association Management

Associate Program

Rights and Permissions

Featured Programs

Human Kinetics Coach Education

Fitnessgram

Fitness for Life

Active Living Every Day

Connect with Us

Google Plus YouTube Tumblr Pinterest

Terms & Conditions

/

Privacy Policy

/

Safe Harbor