Keep Your Wellness Program Simple, Stupid.
Jun 7, 2013
Austin, TX: Each day I get calls from wellness progfessionals asking for help on their wellness incentive programs.
It usually boils down to the same 8-10 questions.
After analyzing the calls for the past six weeks, I have determined that the biggest culprit and common denominator in wellness programs is over-complication.
That would include:
- Trying to do too much with their wellness program.
- Ramming too many items down the throats of their employees
- Starting off in one direction and doing a complete 180.
- Changing the goals too frequently.
- Having a rule sheet more than a few bullet points. (I’ve seen some over 8 pages!!)
- Having too many individuals responsible for points or awards.
Keep your wellness program simple, stupid to paraphrase the popular expression.
Focus on a few core goals and emphasize only those.
They can include:
- Weight Reduction.
- Smoking Cessation.
- Exercise Regularity.
- Diet and/or Behavior Modification.
2) Put into practice.
4) Then “rinse and repeat”.
Don’t over-think your wellness program.
Don’t keep adding elements to your program.
Don’t continuously add, modify, subtract, etc.
Stick with a few core goals and push only those.
- Don’t get sidetracked.
- Reinforce your goals..
- Set good examples.
- And keep educating your employees.
It’s as simple as that.
Follow these simple rules and your wellness program can be success
Over-complicate your wellness program – and it will be doomed for failure.
Here’s to a healthier workforce!