Benchmarks of Successful Wellness Programs

  1. Capturing on Senior Level Support
    As you build your program, it's important to understand that senior level support is critical to the success of any worksite health initiative. After all, it's the senior level executives who control the purse strings, the organizational agenda, and all of the communication channels. Because of these realities, succeeding without senior level support is virtually impossible.
  2. Creating Cohesive Wellness Teams
    Because the majority of organizations have become extremely specialized, most decisions are now made in teams. In light of this, to ensure that the health promotion initiative is embraced by all of the major organizational constituents, it is imperative to involve the key players throughout the company.
  3. Collecting Data to Drive Health Efforts
    The third "C" of comprehensive programming is collecting data. While this may seem like a no-brainer, it is important to understand that this has been where the major disconnect occurs.
  4. Crafting an Operating Plan
    In most business settings, the annual plan is the vehicle that articulates the strategic direction. Moreover, it is this document against which all progress is ultimately measured. Think about it -- how many successful businesses proceed without a plan?
  5. Choosing Appropriate Interventions
    Once the previous steps have been accomplished, it's time to implement your programs. But before doing so, prudent practitioners would be wise to ask themselves this question: "When it comes to changing behavior, what works and what doesn't?"
  6. Creating a Supportive Environment
    If we have learned anything in the last 25 years, it is this: Supportive environments significantly increase the likelihood that positive changes in health behavior will take place. This is an important benchmark that has been all-to-often overlooked. Fortunately, there are organizations that are doing some amazing things when it comes to creating supportive environments.
  7. Consistently Evaluating Outcomes
    When was the last time you went bowling without using bowling pins? Now take a moment and consider delivering health promotion programs without evaluating. Are you beginning to see the connection?

From Larry Chapman & WELCOA