By Thomas Ward – Wellness Program Manager, UMass Memorial Health Care, Inc.
You’ve worked with your stakeholders and have set up your strategy, created programs and services that you just know will work - it’s now “go day” and the only employees who show up are the woman who runs every day after work and the guy who’s always checking out his biceps in the mirror…..
Sound like a nightmare? It just might be your program’s reality. Best practices, industry norms and benchmarking all help to set a foundation and a general direction, however, what drives participation is understanding what the customers of the process want. Remember the “Platinum Rule” - treat others the way they want to be treated – in other words: deliver programs/services that achieve your goals but that your customers want to participate in.
So how do you do it?
Why should you include your community as a key component of your worksite wellness initiative? For starters, a healthy community benefits everyone - employees, residents, businesses and local organizations. Community collaboration extends wellness beyond your building to where people live, learn and play. It helps you create an effective, comprehensive and sustainable initiative surrounded by a supportive environment.
We’ve all had the experience – the first day at a new job. It is a day of much excitement and anticipation. It can also be a bit nerve wracking. You are meeting so many new people. Trying to take in a ton of new information. A standard part of any new hire’s first day is ‘new hire orientation’. Depending on the organization, this can be fun and exciting, or death by PowerPoint.