1. Form a Worksite Wellness Team

Having leadership support for your wellness initiative is the backbone of successfully creating culture change. Leadership involvement on your wellness team can help secure financial resources, link worksite wellness goals to business outcomes and implement policy and environment changes in the workplace. If you haven’t already gained leadership support, this is the first task. The CDC provides some tips on how to gain leadership support.

Form a wellness team that has representation from all areas of the organization. Recruit wellness team members who represent diversity in age, culture, gender, sexual orientation and disability status, as well as from all areas of the organization, such as staff from:

  • leadership – senior and middle management
  • human resources
  • employees from different shifts 
  • employee assistance program providers
  • maintenance/custodial 
  • finance and legal 
  • individual departments
  • marketing/public relations
  • board members
  • safety and compliance 
  • insurance providers

A wellness team can:

  • assess the health risks and current lifestyle behaviors of employees through health interest/needs surveys
  • assess current policies and environmental factors that may affect employee wellness
  • evaluate existing resources and gaps in services
  • plan and implement the wellness program
  • conduct financial planning for implementation of the wellness program
  • establish and enhance relationships with other community organizations and government agencies to partner on shared goals—for example, encouraging active transportation in partnership with an environmental group to promote physical activity and decrease pollution