AdvantageHealth, based in Minnesota, designs each corporate wellness program based on clients’ business plans and culture, and then implements, manages and evaluates it throughout its existence. Over the next 7 blog posts, we will discuss the seven foundational elements of employee wellness in detail as identified by the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) and Living Health in Washington County (LHWC).
This week we will discuss STEP 3: CONDUCTING A COMPREHENSIVE WORKSITE ASSESSMENT, Collecting data to reveal your wellness culture.
It takes much more than just educational opportunities to bring about desired and ongoing changes in personal health behaviors.
A supportive environment, strong leadership support and wellness policies/ guidelines plays a critical role in helping employees to adopt and sustain healthy behaviors.
In order to capture an accurate picture of your current workplace culture, conduct a worksite health assessment as your third step. AdvantageHealth Corporation can provide this assessment to you and it includes questions about demographics, wellness program participation, organizational planning/structure, delivery modes for programs, communication and wellness initiatives currently in place for physical activity, healthy eating, tobacco-free environments and breastfeeding support.
This assessment should be completed by someone from the wellness committee who has a strong understanding of past wellness initiatives and efforts.
Worksite health assessment should include questions on:
2) wellness program participation
3) organizational planning / structure
4) delivery modes for programs
6) wellness initiatives currently in place for physical activity, healthy eating, tobacco-free environments and breastfeeding support
See all 7 foundational elements of employee wellness:
- Step 1: Recruiting and Engaging Leadership: Invite leaders at the workplace to take an active role in worksite wellness.
- Step 2: Convening a Worksite Wellness Committee: Create a team and meet regularly to work on wellness issues.
- Step 3: Conducting a Comprehensive Worksite Assessment: Assess current workplace environment and identify opportunities for wellness.
- Step 4: Developing a Vision and Brand: Set goals and priorities for wellness initiates and consider branding the program.
- Step 5: Creating a Comprehensive Wellness Plan with Measurable Goals: Document goals, strategies, and timelines in a comprehensive wellness plan.
- Step 6: Administering an Employee Health Assessment: Assess your employee population to provide programs and initiatives geared toward their needs and wants.
- Step 7: Establishing and/or Measuring Policy, Environment or Social Supports for Employee Wellness: Determine the success of your program as it relates to these specific measures.
If you need additional help with implementing the best practices of a worksite wellness committee and the other steps, contact AdvantageHealth. Check out AdvantageHealth’s CONSULTING SERVICES for additional expertise with this area or CONTACT AdvantageHealth.
Kristine Keykal, Co-Founder & CEO of AdvantageHealth, has been helping businesses create custom, award-winning corporate wellness programs for over 20 years.