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Workplace wellness tweetchat: Higginbotham weighs in

By Higginbotham on February 28 , 2017

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Higginbotham co-hosted a workplace wellness tweetchat February 27 for employees and employers of all sizes looking to improve or implement a wellness program. The chat was initiated and led by It's Time Texas, a social change organization with a mission to "empower Texans to lead healthier lives and build healthier communities."

Here's a recap of the information and advice we shared:

Q1: What IS “workplace wellness”? What does it mean for an employee, and for an employer?

A1: Workplace wellness consists of population-specific programming aimed at improving the health and well-being of employees.

Q2: What is the business case for investing in a workplace wellness program?

A2: Implementing an outcomes-based employee wellness program provides a powerful tool for measurement.

A2(con't): Data defines the value of your investment.

A2: Health risk data, insurance utilization, chronic disease management, productivity and satisfaction measures should all be considered.

Q3: What are the main concerns employers express when considering investing in a wellness program?

A3: Where do I begin? There are so many health and well-being components to consider.

A3: How much is it going to cost? Checkout for FREE wellness program offerings.

Q4: How can employees effectively advocate for a new or improved wellness program at their workplace?

A4: Join your employee wellness committee!

A4: Express your interest in workplace wellness programming at your annual review.

A4: Reminder! Top-down support is vital in driving culture change.

Q5: How can employers find a wellness program that’s the right fit for their company size and culture?

A5: A strategic analysis of organizational culture, demographics, existing benefit structure, aggregate medical data,

A5(con't): communication strategies and well-being programing can provide the needed data to design a personalized program.

Q6: What is one new trend you are seeing in the workplace wellness industry that would be helpful for employers to consider?

A6: A transition from the idea of wellness to well-being.

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A6(con't): Only focusing on PA or fitness programing just isn’t going to cut it anymore.

A6: Employers and employees are requesting a more holistic programming approach (well-being:physical/emotional/financial).

Q7: What is one easy, affordable step a business/org leader could take today to create a healthier work environment?

A7: Basic employee education and health promotion are a great place to start.

A7: I recommend adding a wellness resources section to staff meetings.

A7(con’t): This can include an announcement of the FREE wellness offerings through your insurance carrier or in your community.

Q8: Share what has worked to improve health and wellness at your place of work!

A8: With 24 locations throughout the state of Texas, we feel designated "Well Champs" are one key component to our success.

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A8: We have also found that disease management programming is a great way to link workplace wellness to the continuum of care.

A8: When your budget allows, make sure to recognize and reward your employees for their healthy behavior.

A8(con’t): After all, we are all human and a little recognition and incentive can help to keep us on the right track.

Search for #WorkHealthier on Twitter to read answers from the other panelists. For more ideas or help building your corporate wellness program, contact our team.

Tags: Health Risk Management

  
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