Workplace wellness program promotes the practice of healthy lifestyle and ultimately reduces healthcare costs for employees. Some of the common initiatives under a wellness program are smoking cessation, healthy diet and promotion of wellness education.What separates a successful workplace wellness program from the others is having outcome-oriented operating plane put in place. Let’s see the five key components of an effective wellness program.

1. Objectives
A successful wellness program will have objectives which are clearly defined taking employee health benefits into account. Objectives should include targeted action steps and carefully planned timelines for accomplishing them.

2. Timeline
A successful wellness program requires developing a realistic timeline which can be both easy to implement and evaluate. Many good programs are carefully timed around the year beginning or ending as this is usually the time when employees are making New Year’s resolutions. It must be ensured that a wellness program is implemented when it convenient for all participants. If required the wellness program can be re-marketed again during the course of the year to increase the participation of employees.

3. Communication plan
A wellness program is only as successful as how well it is communicated to employees to raise awareness about the program. This will, in turn, drive more participation from employees. An effective communication strategy serves this purpose. Some of the common communications methods include email, ebullient boards, company newsletters and digital health assistant. These communication modes are both easy to implement and are low budget. Another way to spread the word about the wellness program is by organizing fun health activities will also encourage more participation from employees.

4. Implementation plan
It’s vital to have a good operating plan to execute the initiatives designed for a wellness program. The operating or implementation plan should provide detailed information step by step on how the wellness program is executed.

5. Evaluation plan
Implementing a wellness program alone is not sufficient to bring about workplace wellness. Measuring the success of the program is equally important. This will give insights into whether the program is working and delivering its expected results. The evaluation plan must have key performing indicators such as participation rate, evaluation of participants help in assessing the outcome of the wellness program.

If you need a little help getting started with wellness programs, check out this page for more information. For a more detailed discussion, forward your queries to info@ekincare.com, where you’ll also find examples and a practical worksheet to plan next steps.

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