Now that you have planted the seed and rallied management support(1), it’s time to create champions. Your wellness champions will pool together to be your wellness committee, who’s role is to communicate, participate, motivate, and support the organization’s wellness program. This team will formally meet to develop your strategy, implement tactics, coordinate activities, promote them and measure success.
Who are your champions? The wellness ambassadors or “champions” do not have to be incredibly fit foodie experts. All they need is to care about health and want to help their work community. In fact, employees who are struggling with their health need someone they can relate to more so than an expert or a drill sergeant. Open the opportunity to everyone in your organization. I suggest requiring that their manager provide approval. Utilizing people from all over the organization will allow for diverse perspectives while creating collaboration throughout the organization. With ambassadors placed in all departments, word of mouth communication will build awareness and participation. To get your committee started, recruit members and plan a kick off meeting.
In the kick off meeting the following topics should be covered:
- Select a chairperson
- Create a wellness program mission statement
- Collaborate to create an employee survey to assess the needs and interests of your population
- Come up with a short term action plan and assign duties to prepare for the next step: Assessment (keep your eyes peeled for my next blog post!)
- Schedule a regular meeting time
Bringing a wellness program to fruition is hard work and will need planning. Take it one step at a time. Small incremental changes are ok. Your program will be longer lasting with higher impact if the committee designs a thorough, stepwise plan. You are creating a long term movement towards a healthier company culture and culture is one of the hardest things to reform.
Are you ready? Share your kick off meeting experiences with me, I’d love to hear from you.