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8 Easy Ways to Jumpstart Your Employee Wellness Program

October 17, 2019 / Employee Wellbeing Best Practices

Written By: Gabrielle Purchon

You’ve done the research, you’ve selected a wellness vendor and it’s time to roll out your employee wellness program. But … where should you start?

Employee wellness programs have a lot of moving parts and they can impact almost every part of your business. You’ll want to ensure that you set your program up for success right from the very beginning. A smooth implementation is key if you want to see great engagement levels and participation across the business.

Launching an employee wellness program can sound daunting, but don’t panic! We are here to help. Read on to learn the best ways to create excitement and ensure the success of your amazing new program.

Establish Business Goals and Objectives

If you didn’t already establish clear business goals that are tied to your employee wellness program, then it’s important to do so now. As your program grows, you’ll want to make sure you’re measuring your results against your key objectives. Look at any problems or pain points that are facing your business, whether it’s engagement, absenteeism, presenteeism, morale, teamwork or associated health costs, and keep tabs on the progression of each of these categories throughout the course of the year. Remember — it may take some time to see results, so be patient.

Create a Communication Plan

Prior to launch, you’ll want to let your employees know that a wellness program is on its way to establish the lines of communication and generate excitement. Then, create a communication plan starting with the launch of your program through at least the next few months. Include a mix of mediums, such as email, posters or flyers, and informational sessions, to make sure your messages get through.

Download our free guide to writing an impactful employee benefits newsletter.

Do a Tech-Check

Before you move forward with your launch, are all systems go? You’ll want to double-check that everything is in place, from the company intranet page to the claims integration process.

Party Time!

Celebrate your new employee wellness program with a launch party! This can be on any scale — so think about what’s appropriate from a budget and time investment perspective. Your launch party can be as simple as a stand-up meeting where you help people download the app and register or you can plan a day of wellness where everyone is welcome to sign up for team activities like lunch walks, bike rides, picnics, gym classes, yoga classes or meditation sessions. Be sure to engage remote employees with a webinar, a company-wide announcement that’s live-streamed or an open forum over your company’s chat system.

Kick Things Off With a Workplace Challenge

Workplace challenges can add energy and excitement to a wellbeing program. Being a part of a team is also a powerful motivator. Help your employees take the first step toward better health with a fun and engaging company-wide challenge.

Looking for more inspiration? Download our free list of wellbeing activities that will motivate and energize your workforce.

Repeat and Reinforce

People are busy. They may miss a message or simply forget. By repeating and reinforcing health and wellbeing initiatives in the workplace, employees will start to see it as an intrinsic part of the company culture.

Recruit and Rally Wellbeing Champions

Health and wellbeing champions provide motivation, support and encouragement for their fellow employees. These champions can lead the crew and set a positive example. Once a culture of health and wellbeing starts in the workplace, it can be contagious.

Involve Your Business Leaders

Enlisting your C-suite is a great way to garner excitement for your employee wellness program and boost participation. Whether your CEO joins a group run or sends out an email congratulating employees who complete their profiles, it’s important to demonstrate that leadership is on board.

Mental health is a crucial component of an employee wellness program. Download our free ebook to learn important facts and figures that will guide you in creating a workplace that supports the emotional and mental wellbeing of your employees.


About The Author

Gabrielle is the content marketing manager and strategist at Virgin Pulse. Her adventurous and food-seeking attitude has led her to jump out of planes and dine at one of the best restaurants in the world. But as someone who strives for balance, you can also find her enjoying quiet moments with a book or face planting in the sand come summer.

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