INTRODUCING WORKPLACE WELLNESS
Coming from a background of delivery of fitness and weight loss programmes, we believe we have a rather unique, more holistic insight into what matters to people in terms of their health and fitness, and what works best. Simply put, we believe that happy and healthy employees make for better business and we want to work with companies who share that view, to introduce workplace practices that encourage and develop a more alert, energised and successful active business.
AVOIDING COSTLY MISTAKES
To help you understand our methods we have a 4-step process, which could help you avoid some costly mistakes.
3. TEST AND ADJUST
Not unusual in itself but you may be surprised to learn that some very expensive
mistakes could be avoided by following our 4 step process – for example:
Often the first suggestion is “Let’s build a gym” …it could be a good idea, but what if you spend a fortune
finding the space, providing and maintaining several thousands of pounds worth of equipment, then have
it supervised for safety, only to find that nobody uses it after the first few weeks?
Or you decide to provide life insurance for your key personnel – does that actually help the
business if the worst comes to the worst?
4 STEP PROCESS TO WORKPLACE WELLNESS
Of course we would need to meet and discuss your specific requirements so we can tailor your own ‘Active Business Plan’ to meet your work pattern and any limitations (i.e. space and facilities). The best introduction to any company from our perspective, is from a Workplace Champion – someone who has already benefitted from a healthier lifestyle and seen for themselves the difference that an active lifestyle brings. This person may be a sporting type, been through a life changing experience or worked in a company that has already invested in a wellness programme.
We then present a business case for workplace wellness and secure leadership endorsement, because leadership buy-in makes it easier to get things done. Having the MD, FD or HR Director on board makes the chances of success much better.
Then the real work begins. We start the process with a ‘Wellness Programme Interest Survey’ of the employees – to assess attitudes and enthusiasm, gather information on what matters most, and target the most important health issues. This process can be done with total anonymity either online or from a downloadable pdf.
Now we are ready to make a plan!
At this stage, dependent on the complexity of the issues to be addressed, you may wish to form a wellness committee. This should comprise of at least one main point of contact …perhaps your Workplace Champion? Either way, this is where clearly defined goals and definitions of success are agreed upon.
There is also the issue of incentives to be discussed and decided upon. It is well documented that, even when there is clearly a benefit from being an active participant, the level of enthusiasm is greater when there are additional incentives. Better still, if there is some contribution from the individual like in our Resolutions Programme.
The next step is to set a programme schedule which will promote and encourage maximum participation.
3. TEST AND ADJUST
It’s time to get to work, time to act upon the plan and dependent on the level of complexity or scale, we generally suggest you introduce a pilot scheme to see if what has been discussed is practical and well received. During this time (usually three to six months), we will endeavour to engage with as many people as possible including the non-participants who are never-the-less likely to be taking a keen interest.
Pilot scheme or not, we kick off the active part of the programme with our Health Risk Assessment, or at least a minimum baseline measurement, in order to assess the current state of health and get an overall picture of health related behaviours of your employees.
The purpose is twofold: Firstly, to give the individuals an idea of what health issues they might need to work on and secondly, to gather summary information with which to guide future planning and to check if priorities remain relevant.
All the way through this we evaluate the effectiveness and popularity of the programme or pilot scheme from feedback and continuing biometric checks.
Once we have completed the process above and have agreed the prescribed exercise (to suit budget and time requirements), we are ready to roll out the programme.
We find that what works best is to start with an appropriate exercise plan either aimed at individuals or groups perhaps once a week for an hour or so. In many case this would ideally be a timescale of 12 – 24 weeks.
This means that one or more of our Personal Trainers will come to you and deliver one-to-one Personal Training and/or group training such as boot camp, circuit training or even a regular lunchtime walk.
Along with the exercise plan, you may find it beneficial to engage your employees, to have a series of presentations with a wide range of topics typically:
- Healthy Eating
- Exercise and Weight Loss
- Recovery from injury or illness
- Diabetes – how to avoid and even reverse it
- Stress – coping strategies
- Dealing with addiction
All of this can be done at any time during office hours, before or after work and either at your place of work or even at home if that is more convenient for key employees or part time workers.
OTHER ASPECTS FOR DISCUSSION
Clearly there are several things to be discussed to implement a successful programme dependent on the number of employees. Here are few topics:
Health and Safety: Risk Assessments, qualifications, insurance, accident reporting
Authority: Decision maker(s) and responsibilities.
Finance: Employee contributions, method of payment, cost.
Incentives: Who, what and when?
Test and Measure: Measuring success, programme reviews.
Policy and Procedures: Point of contact or wellness committee, written policy.
If you would like to know more about how we can help you, and your business in implementing a Workplace Wellness programme, call 01908 678701 for a chat, or book a free consultation at your place of work.