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
@ITSTIME 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.
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.
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.