Louis Pasteur’s Crazy Idea Doctors Were Wrong… and What Wellness Managers Need to Learn From That

I am sure the world’s leading French surgeons of the mid-19th century doubted Pasteur’s revelation that small, living things, invisible to the naked eye, were causing disease. Although Pasteur was not the first to make this connection, he was the first to validate the observation with visible proof. Keep in mind the widely respected and…

How to Determine Whether a Wellness Calendar is Worth the Paper it’s Printed on, more or less

Even in our electronic world, a printed wall calendar is still a go-to favorite of many, and a tried-and-true wellness program communication tool. The key is finding the right one that will be effective at promoting your wellness program efforts.

Here is a checklist of aspects to consider when evaluating wellness calendar options:

  • In addition to an aesthetically pleasing photo or illustration, does the calendar provide health-related content each month? A nice image is great, but the calendar needs to provide easy-to-understand, actionable health messages, too.

Tackling Your Wellness Program’s Budget Comes Down to Being Prudent and Persuasive

It’s hard to argue that worksite wellness programs provide no value. If money were no object, most organizations would devote whatever financial resources it would take to make wellness programs succeed.

But, let’s face it: How many dollars are devoted to a wellness program is a factor – a huge factor for most organizations. Therefore, individuals who are charged with overseeing a company’s wellness program need to be prudent and persuasive when it comes to asking for money.

Here are a few pointers to keep in mind when talking to company management about a wellness budget:

  • Be thorough. Think about, and include, all of your requests together for the year. Most leaders in companies appreciate knowing what to expect for the entire year versus getting requests every couple of weeks or months. With a 12-month budget that shows what money is being requested for what efforts, leaders can see the big picture, prioritize their spending, and not be surprised later during the year.