Don’t Declare War on Obesity at Your Workplace

When an issue, such as obesity, hits the “in your face” pitch it’s at now, I get a bad gut feeling. The obesity epidemic, and the war on obesity news obsession, seems too magnified right now. Last week the word “obesity” managed to dominate headlines again. The news being, it’s worse than we thought!

Surprised?

In June 2013, the American Medical Association (AMA) (against the advice of its scientific committee) classified obesity as a disease. But I am betting the reason for that ruling had a lot more to do about reimbursement schemes than science.

When it Comes to Open Enrollment… Communicate Frequently, Clearly, Honestly, and Sensitively

The benefits open enrollment season for many companies will be here soon. Take time now to figure out what you’re going to communication to employees and how. Remember, benefits are one of the most important employment aspects and one of the most confusing for most workers.

To be effective with reaching and reassuring employees about benefit changes, communicate:

  • Frequently – You will want to get your messages out often and through various channels to make sure that all employees learn about open enrollment, how it will affect them, and what they need to do. Many people need to hear and read about change more than once or twice to understand it. Start your communications soon and continue them through the end of the open enrollment period.

Take a ‘Divide and Conquer’ Approach to Wellness Program Committee Responsibilities

Many companies tap employees to volunteer on their organizations’ wellness program committees. In addition to their primary job responsibilities, these willing individuals give of their time and talents to provide their co-workers with the health and wellness information and resources they need.

To make sure your wellness program committee is effective and efficient, you may want to consider assigning roles and responsibilities to everyone.

With an organizational structure in place, committee members are clear about what they are supposed to be doing. As a result: