6 Essential Pillars to having a Wellness Program
To achieve those kinds of results, employers cannot merely offer workers a few passes to a fitness center and nutritional information in the cafeteria. The most successful wellness programs are supported by six essential pillars:
1. Engaged Leadership at multiple levels
Creating a culture of health takes passionate, persistent, and persuasive leadership at all levels – from the executive suites to middle managers to the people who have “wellness” in their job descriptions.
2. Strategic Alignment with the Company’s Identity and Aspiration
A wellness program should be a natural extension of a firm’s identity and aspirations. Don’t forget that a cultural shift takes time.
3. A Design that is Broad in Scope and High in Relevance and Quality
Wellness Programs must be comprehensive, engaging, and just plain excellent, otherwise employees won’t participate.
4. Broad Accessibility
Aim to make low- or no-cost services a priority. True on-site integration is essential because convenience matters.
5. Internal and External Partnerships
Active, ongoing collaboration with internal and external partners, including vendors, can provide a program with some of its essential components and many of its desirable enhancements.
6. Effective Communication
Wellness is not just a mission-it’s a message. How you deliver it can make all the difference. Sensitivity, creativity, and media diversity are the cornerstones.
Companies in a variety of industries-including Johnson & Johnson, Lowe’s, H-E-B, and Healthwise have built their employee wellness programs on all six pillars and have reaped big rewards in the form of lower costs, greater productivity, and higher morale. Those benefits are not easy to achieve, and verifiable paybacks are never a certainty. But the track record inspires emulation, especially when you see the numbers.
Learn more on how your company and your employees can benefit from a Wellness initiative. Contact our HR Wellness Partner, Denise Neis.