by Dean Witherspoon   Dean's profile on LinkedIn  

Third Thursday POS Wellness

Simple, effective, and fun. That’s the best way to describe this easy-to-implement wellness program. On every third Thursday set up an education table in the cafeteria or other high traffic location (Point of Service). Align the topic with a national health month or an internal initiative. Some ideas to get started:

by Beth Shepard    Beth's profile on LinkedIn  

Inspire Action with Wellness Testimonials

It is SO much easier when I plan our weekly dinners and shop based off the menu! No room for “I don't have anything to cook; let’s get fast food.”

Well-being pros enjoy sharing practical tips for healthy living; yet sometimes the most compelling messages come from participants.

by Dean Witherspoon   Dean's profile on LinkedIn  

Collaboration Contributes to Wellness Program Success

Wellness programs don’t exist in a vacuum. In fact, if you’re going to have a real shot at success, effective collaboration across multiple functions — HR, food service, management, training, safety, etc. — is a must. Here are steps to foster ongoing collaboration starting today:

  • Solicit input from all quarters. Making everyone feel like their voice is heard engenders trust, and trust is needed to accomplish the next wellness goal. Go out of your way to seek input — not just from department heads but line workers as well.
by Dean Witherspoon   Dean's profile on LinkedIn  

No Matter How Good Your Services and Promotions, You Need Referrals

It’s a good bet employees know the actions that constitute a healthy lifestyle. Yet, if they’re like most groups, 10%-20% smoke, 60% are overweight, 45% or more are inactive, and 20% or more have high blood pressure.

So why aren’t more of them taking advantage of your services? They’re afraid of failing, don’t have time, feel the programs aren’t convenient, don’t trust you or the organization, or any number of other valid reasons. And even if you address (and you should) all of these concerns, there’s often another that gets in the way. You’ll reach a point where using your services can’t get any more efficient, easy, or confidential. You need referrals.