Some wellness managers need to be careful with how much they’re getting carried away. If you haven’t had a conscious thought about where the ethical line is in terms of wellness technologies and tactics that get too intrusive − you might have a problem. In the spirit of keeping wellness a blessing instead of a curse, I offer this litmus test.
Your wellness program may be getting too creepy if. . .
- you’re using tranquilizer darts to make it easier to place pedometers on employees.
- you’re taking ventriloquist lessons so you can call your employees at their homes and sound just like their wellness coach.
- your workplace is beginning to look like a set for the Biggest Loser.
- you told your boss the business would make more money if it dropped everything else it was doing except the wellness program.
- you think a Health Risk Appraisal (HRA) Group Report is for two people.
- you’re using Big Gulp cups as small tree planters around the office as a subtle hint to control portion size.
- you renamed your dog Pavlov.
- you think peer-to-peer means watching participants carefully without being noticed.
- when a friend at work told you she was engaged, you thought she signed up for the walking program.
If you find yourself “engaged” in any of these activities, you may have a creepy wellness program. Just saying!
Shawn is the President and Founder of Hope Health. For over 30 years, his work has focused on bringing clear, easy-to-read, and watch health messages to the public via workplaces. He bills himself as the “Best C+ Student in the Wellness Biz” because, as he says, “I like to challenge the notion that there is no such thing as a stupid question.” Shawn is on a mission to tie workplaces into their surrounding communities to share resources and ideas in an effort to improve the health of all Americans.
You may reach Shawn at sconnors@HopeHealth.com or 800-334-4094.