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Corporate Wellness: Ten Step Methodology

Updated on September 24, 2016
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Shubham Jain is an Information Technology student in India. He loves writing cosmology and articles that could help others succeed.

What is Corporate Wellness

A workplace activity aimed at health promotion or organizational policy for healthy behavior in the Workplace.

They are organizational programs designed to nurture wellness of workers regardless of work environment

STEP 1: Wellness Strategy

This is the first milestone of your ‘Corporate Wellbeing Improvement Plan’. You need a wellness strategy to start improving the corporate wellness of your company.

1. In planning the corporate wellbeing program for your enterprise, remember to be clear about your company’s strategic aspects to wellness:

  • Objectives: know what you want to see happen as a result of your efforts
  • Type and tone of wellness program: Will it be formal or informal? Will all managers and staff be obligated to follow it, or it will be set up on a volunteer basis?
  • Target audience: Will the wellness program and its activities concern all people or only the critical staff (e.g. production, or research or certain age groups)?

2. The product of this step is your Corporate Wellness Strategy

STEP 2: Wellness Organization

This is the second milestone of your ‘Corporate Wellbeing Improvement Plan’. You need a wellness organization to implement your Corporate Wellness Strategy most effectively and keep improving the corporate wellness of your company.

  • In general cases, it is best to have a joint management – employees committee to drive and monitor results of your wellness program. A committee has the advantage of being able to work with key groups at your organization, including the health and safety committee, etc.
  • Also remember to have this committee properly staffed and well resourced.
  • The product of this step is your Corporate Wellness Organization.

STEP 3: Senior Management Support for Wellness

This is the third milestone of your ‘Corporate Wellbeing Improvement Plan’. You need top management support to best implement your Corporate Wellness Strategy and keep improving the corporate wellness of your company.

  • Ensure that a senior manager or board director takes the role of support all wellness efforts.
  • Like any corporate policy or action plan, it will not be successful without support from senior management and the board.
  • It is best to recognize that this program is an investment and a cost exercise. Therefore, it will make a difference when getting support from senior management.

STEP 4: All Stakeholders Support for Wellness

This is the fourth milestone of your ‘Corporate Wellbeing Improvement Plan’. In addition to top management support to best implement your Corporate Wellness Strategy, you also need support from all company stakeholders and keep improving the corporate wellness of your company.

  • Get support from everyone within the enterprise. Talk to as many people or groups as you can, such as: Management; Union representatives; Business functional staff; Health and safety professionals; Human resources professionals, etc.
  • Get support from everyone within the profession and community. Talk to as many people or groups as you can, such as: Public Health Department; Professional Associations; Psychology Groups; Cancer Societies; Medical Societies, etc.

STEP 5: Creativity in Wellness Programs

This is the fifth milestone of your ‘Corporate Wellbeing Improvement Plan’. You now have a strategy, and organization and the required support to best implement your Corporate Wellness Strategy. You also need to add creativity to your wellness programs to have the best results and keep improving the corporate wellness of your company.

  • Note that Corporate Wellness Programs started initially with health insurance and gym memberships may now include dancing, martial arts classes, prayer sessions, resilience workshops, etc.
  • To make your Corporate Wellness Program popular and a great success, always keep an open mind about what your staff might find most interesting and most beneficial.
  • Not every element of a Corporate Wellness Program will motivate the passion of every individual in every enterprise. The most effective programs are made up of a wide range of targeted initiatives with regular review of the wellness details to ensure that all initiatives are relevant and get the best value for money spent.

STEP 6: Identification of key needs and expectations for your Wellness Program

This is the sixth milestone of your ‘Corporate Wellbeing Improvement Plan’. You now have a strategy, an organization, the required support and creativity in your Corporate Wellness Programs. You also need to identify the needs and expectations of your people and add them to your wellness programs to have the best results and keep improving the corporate wellness of your company.

  • Acknowledge current or informal activities and collect baseline data. There may already be groups established in your company. These may help you form a basis for your workplace Wellness Program.
  • Identify the key needs and expectations of the workplace. This identification may be carried out by: Conducting surveys employees; open one-to-one interviews; suggestion boxes placed around the enterprise; hosting a luncheon round table meetings; sending out an informal email questionnaire; conducting a survey available on your company’s intranet site, etc.

STEP 7: Wellness Needs Analysis

This is the seventh milestone of your ‘Corporate Wellbeing Improvement Plan’. You now have a strategy, an organization, the required support and creativity, and identified the needs and expectations of your people and added them into your Corporate Wellness Programs. You also need to analyze these needs and expectations so that you craft your best Wellness Implementation Plan.

  • Analyze the data and ideas collected.
  • On the basis of the data and discussions, try to determine what elements will work for the existing culture. Is it fitness classes that will motivate the employees, wellness workshops, individual health assessments, or some combination of the above?
  • Report to Wellness Committee and obtain final approval to craft your Wellness Implementation Plan.

STEP 8: Wellness Detail Plan Development

This is the eighth milestone of your ‘Corporate Wellbeing Improvement Plan’. You now have a strategy, an organization, the required support and creativity, identified and analyzed the needs and expectations of your people, and added them into your Corporate Wellness Programs. You also need to develop, in detail, your company’s Wellness Implementation Plan before you finalize your corporate wellness.

  • Develop a detailed plan on the basis of steps one to seven.
  • Describe and identify what needs to be done clearly.
  • Prioritize these needs within the bounds of other corporate time-frames.
  • Set realistic targets and timelines.
  • Include both short-term and long-term goals.
  • Plan how and when the program will be initiated.
  • Plan how to maintain interest.
  • Know what resources you need for each step (time, money, people, management support, equipment, facilities, etc.).
  • Create a communication plan.
  • Audit the occupational stress and workplace wellness in your company.
  • Craft an occupational stress policy and define your stress performance measures.
  • Create and implement an incentives plan.

STEP 9: Wellness Detail Plan Implementation

This is the ninth milestone of your ‘Corporate Wellbeing Improvement Plan’. You now have a strategy, an organization, the required support and creativity, identified and analyzed the needs and expectations of your people, and added them into your Corporate Wellness Programs, and prepared an implementation plan for wellness. You now must implement all these plans and wellness actions.

This detail wellness plan implementation may be best implemented by using ‘The Soft (Human) Factors Approach to Implementing Corporate Policies’. This approach is made up of three components with specific improvement activities included in each component: BOD/CEO Plan, All Management Plan and HR Plan, that would be discussed in the next hub.

STEP 10: Wellness Plan Evaluation

This is the tenth and final milestone of your ‘Corporate Wellbeing Improvement Plan’. You have now implemented your Corporate Wellness Programs.You now must review and improve the whole wellness process accordingly.

  • Monitor your Wellness Program. Ensure that all aspects of your Wellness Program are monitored effectively.
  • Review and evaluate your program. A review of the program can help you know what is working and what is not. Gathering the right information is essential but it does not have to be complicated. Be sure to take baseline data so you can compare results of later programs.When reviewing the outcomes, remember to evaluate the program based on the aims and objectives you set in the beginning.
  • Maintain the Wellness Program. Use the results of your review and evaluation to help gauge what is working and what could be enhanced.

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      Barbera 14 months ago

      Your article depicts some great ideas, sharing everywhere!