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Best Practices For Rolling Out Corporate Wellness Initiatives

Employee wellness is something that many employers are focusing their efforts on these days. Everyone knows that healthier employees are happier and overall more productive. But bringing wellness into your corporate culture can be a challenge. It takes strategic initiatives and thoughtful culture change to really invest in the wellness of your team. If you’re wondering how you can successfully implement a company wellness program for your employees, our recent client success story is a great example.

The challenge was this: Pfizer, one of the world’s largest research-based pharmaceutical firms, wanted to roll out a team-building program to its employees. It was clear to management that success came from working together as a global team. To reach this goal, Pfizer’s Leadership and Workforce Development division designed courses to promote a stronger team culture with a focus on customer satisfaction. Clarity provided several facilitators who were experienced in delivering team building training to help Pfizer achieve their goals.

Clarity enabled the client to deliver high-quality classes to improve team building efforts within the company and streamlined training content to use employees’ time effectively. Together, Clarity and Pfizer were able to roll out a successful corporate wellness initiative built on these core pillars of corporate wellness success.

Best Practices
1. Get Clarity

The first step toward wellness for your company lies in the definition of wellness itself. How can you help your employees get happy and healthy if you don’t know what those terms mean to you and your business? Before you dive into helping employees achieve specific wellness goals, clearly identify what your goals are. How are you going to measure them? Who will be involved? What matters most to them? Think things through as much as possible before you announce your new wellness program.

2. Lead by Example

A wellness program is likely to fail if corporate leadership is unable to get employee buy-in, and if they fail to set a good example. Leading by example and gathering support from other leaders and influencers within the company will help you to achieve your goals. Employees see what is expected of them modeled by their supervisors, their management, and by C-level employees. Lead by example to show them how serious you are.

3. Be Patient

You are not going to completely alter your company culture overnight. It takes time to enact real positive change. Wellness programs that work are ones that are built up over time. Start off by communicating your intention and easing into the program. Build an actionable plan to achieve your goals, then work toward those goals step by step.

4. Include Everyone

There is nothing worse than a wellness program that rewards employees who are already healthy. That really defeats the purpose of the program, because rarely will your overall wellness increase. Don’t punish those who have the most to benefit from getting healthy. Make sure you build a program that promotes a holistically healthy lifestyle, one that tackles big topics such as emotional well-being, mental health, and even financial wellness. Wellness programs should provide opportunities for each and every individual within your company to create a better life for themselves. That is what will make a big impact on the lives of your employees.

Are you looking to roll out a corporate wellness program?

If you would benefit from timely advice in times of stress, assistance with creating a corporate communications strategy, or professional development for your team, our consultants can deliver the help you need within the tight time frames that come with the territory. For more best practices on how to develop your own wellness initiative, reach out to the experts at Clarity Consultants today.