We have the good fortune to peek behind the curtain of hundreds of wellness programs each year and have identified a handful of attributes linked to exceptional engagement and ongoing success. Surprisingly, you could visit any of a dozen successful programs and see they’re offering different interventions. But the things that remain, that guide each, are the 7 principles we highlight here. See how your program stacks up:
Wellness is often relegated to the basement — both figuratively and literally — in some organizations. It’s where those nice vegans go to toil away, only to be heard from when the annual health fair or HRA rolls around.
But if you’re ambitious and want to influence the entire organization beyond healthy vending machine choices and walking paths, here are steps to enhance your role and have a bigger impact on culture:
It felt like Christmas just about every month last year, with wellness startups and gurus hailing shiny “innovations,” creating a new model for behavior change and the promise to usher in an era of corporate health with too-good-to-be-true ROI. While they may approach the challenge from different directions, all seem to have this in common: the erroneous notion of ease in changing individual behavior and scaling it to influence population health.