Four Fool-Proof Ways to Start a Wellness Program in Your Organization

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Four Fool-Proof Ways to Start a Wellness Program in Your Organization

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As we all know, the cost of insurance — especially for small businesses can get pretty pricey. With that in mind, many businesses are focusing on creating an environment of wellness to keep costs down for themselves and their employees — with the added benefit that a healthy work place is just better for everyone!
* The question then becomes — how does one go about starting a wellness program? Here are a few tips to get you started.

Wellness Program

[title size=”2″]1. Top-down support energizes the program and sets the stage[/title]

Set time aside at each staff meeting to talk about ways to make it part of the culture. Establish a committee to work on ideas to implement in support of a healthy workplace. Creating a common folder allows anyone in the business to post helpful articles and useful tips they have found. People can use the folder for reference and add ideas to it as they find something interesting.

* When the commitment is obvious, the entire team can get on board.

TEAM[title size=”2″]2. Involve the entire organization[/title]

Once the senior team is on board, it is a pretty easy next step to spread the word to the rest of the workplace. When people take the tips to heart and bring in fresh fruits and healthy snacks, their friends notice and encourage them. Additionally, when folks actually do stretches and chair exercises, others join in.

* It’s a great way to create teamwork, while cheering on healthy behaviors.

[title size=”2″]3. Seek Participation for Education[/title]

“Lunch and Learn” sessions are a great way to let people get involved in leading a learning opportunity. Ask for volunteers to put together a short session on healthy living — topics can range from healthy eating, to a group exercise that encourages movement. These sessions can be fun and informative. They are also a wonderful opportunity for people to be creative while learning new information.

* Additionally, leading these lessons can be used as career development opportunities and creates employee engagement.

[title size=”2″]4. Encourage folks to “take their work home”[/title]

Normally, we like people to work hard when they are at work, and spend time with family and friends when they’re home. But in this case, we like people to take the lessons learned from a wellness environment at work, home with them. Having a 360 degree wellness program just makes sense — eating well, moving more, celebrating small improvements, encouraging each other — we think these lessons can be instituted and reinforced in all aspects of life.

We just think it’s good business to create a culture that helps us all to THRIVE!


About the Author:

Yvonne Bryant is CEO and owner of consulting firms (2014) Yvonne Bryant International llc and (2012) Motus Design Group llc. She started her first business, database development and data entry services for international non-profits, over 20 years ago. As CEO of Yvonne Bryant International llc, Yvonne is on a mission to help creative entrepreneurs and experts build and grow profitable businesses. She works with them to improve productivity (your backend systems, processes, marketing, time management, work/life balance), products (your products and services), profits (your pricing strategies and overall business plan), and presence (your leadership and communication skills). She is the 2011-2012 District 26 Toastmaster of the Year for Leadership Excellence and Service for Colorado, Wyoming and Western Nebraska. She has established two Leadership Institutes in Western Colorado. Yvonne is a Certified Small Business Consultant with the Colorado Small Business Development Center Network and she holds a certificate in E-Business. She is in the process of completing her Executive Coaching Certificate with the Center for Executive Coaching. In her free time, Yvonne volunteers in her community as Vice-Chair on the Dillon Planning & Zoning Commission. She enjoys spending time with her husband Evan and their yellow lab Cheyenne hiking in the Mountains of Colorado and riding dirt bikes.

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