Alright, you’ve created your strategy and implemented your wellness initiatives, the next phase is to maintain them.
Here are some steps you can take to do so:
Assess your progress.
Measure your results against the goals you set in the strategy phase. Did you set the proper expectations? Don’t be afraid to iterate as you go along.
Adapt your program accordingly.
Renew components of your program that are working, and alter or eliminate those that aren’t. For example, a “Biggest Loser” contest will get those in need of weight-loss engaged at the onset, but what happens once they lose their weight? Having a platform like Rival Fusion that measures fitness levels vs. just weight loss can keep the contests and engagement moving along without alienating people once they’ve lost their initial weight.
Officially recognize the hard work everyone’s put into becoming healthier. Publicly recognize both the accomplishments of individual employees and the company as a whole. For example, note the total number of pounds lost or miles run organization-wide in the company newsletter. Distribute incentives and awards at a party or banquet.
Plan your next round of cultural change.
Set new goals for the future. Wellness isn’t just a one-time, quick fix, it’s a true shifting of your company culture. Now that your employees are engaged and looking to keep living a healthy lifestyle, it’s imperative to continue to provide new and exciting challenges for them. Think about a group 10K run or even marathon/triathlon training clubs. Can you imagine the next time you go into a sales meeting, you’ll be employing ninjas going up against the competitions cub scouts? We can!
It is very important to have a wellness program that can keep up with your present and future goals!