Look outside your own organization to unlock your wellness program’s full potential

Many wellness programs focus solely on offering resources to, and holding events for, their own participants… during the workday… within the walls of their organizations. Yes, it’s important for wellness programs to have this internal presence, but your efforts can and should expand beyond your participants, your hours of operation, and your office building or…

Make 2015 Your Best Workplace Wellness Year Yet with a Little Prudent Planning!

Pages from Planning Guide - 2014Wow, where has 2014 gone? Before we know it, we’ll be ringing in 2015. To avoid a panic in January about what you’re going to do for workplace wellness during the upcoming year, spend time now mapping out your messages and initiatives.

Here are 3 simple, easy strategies to keep in mind as you plan:

 1. Solicit participants for their ideas. If you want people to participate and be engaged in what you provide, you should find out what they want and need. You can gather input through an interest survey. For more on creating a survey, read the past Hope at Work article on crafting a survey.

Don’t Let Communication Challenges Crush Your Workplace Wellness Efforts

To turn employees on to your workplace wellness program, you need to get them to tune in. How do you attract – and keep – employees’ attention and prompt employees to take action? By using engaging, timely, relevant health and benefits communication.

What you say, write, or show has the potential to make or maim your wellness program efforts.

Do you know how your wellness program communications are doing?

Being healthy and happy go hand in hand; inspire your employees to discover the joy of wellbeing

Here’s a great story which shares an elderly woman’s wisdom for living happy. Her 5 Simple Rules to be Happy really inspired us and we wanted to share them with you:

1. Free your heart from hatred
2. Free your mind from worries
3.Live simply
4. Give more
5.Expect less

These rules are simple in their ability to help people find joy in their everyday routine. How can you use these 5 simple rules in your Wellness Program to inspire and touch your employees today?

25 secrets to effective workplace wellness communications

Health and wellness communication is both an art and a science. You play around with different creative concepts, take a look at numbers, and bring both together in the form of concrete ideas. You try them out. Some things work; other things don’t, and you go back to the drawing board.

After years and years of experience, you understand a few truths when it comes to communications. Over the last 30-plus years in the communication business, Hope Health has learned a thing or two (or more like 25) that its team would like to share. Some tips you may already know; others will likely give you “a-ha” moments. Download the free tip sheet, “25 Powerful Workplace Health & Wellbeing Communication Tips” now.

Give your workplace communication a ‘social life’ to increase employee engagement

Social media is a powerful tool, capable of engaging people like never before. Individuals can post, comment, and share information whenever and from wherever they want. Although most people think of using social media to reach external audiences, the online 24/7 platforms are ideal for connecting with internal employee populations, too.

According to an employee engagement study commissioned by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), 79% of employees frequently use social media.

“Social media is an absolute for today’s internal communicator,” said Amy Keinigsberg of K2 Strategic Innovations. “It’s how people communicate to the outside world before, during, and after the workday.”