Scheduling a wellness program lunch-n-learn about healthy eating at noon may be a great idea to inspire your participants to eat better – if all of your wellness program participants work the standard 8-to-5 workday. But what if you have employees who work the graveyard shift? How realistic is it to think that they will come in for an event that’s in the middle of their “night”?
To be successful, wellness programs need to reach as many employees as possible. If your organization operates around the clock, you need to really think about the timing and structure of your wellness programs so you are sensitive to everyone’s schedules.
- Formally survey employees on all shifts to find out when they would be most likely to participate in events. Specifically, ask participants if they would come in before their shifts start or would they stay for a little bit after their shifts end? Would employees come to events on the weekends?
- Plan “drop in/open house” style events that don’t require participants to get to the event at a certain time and stay until the end.
- Offer each event more than once. After you have a better idea of employees’ time preferences, find a few times to offer each event. If you operate three shifts, consider scheduling events so they overlap shift change times. For example, if your shifts run 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., 3 p.m. until 11:30 p.m., and 11 p.m. until 7:30 a.m., you may want to hold events from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. If you also have administration support employees who work from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., these individuals can stop by the afternoon session, during their break.
- Keep any lecture to five to 10 minutes long, and repeat it several times during the hour so everyone can catch a lecture in its entirety. Offer an informational table with handouts or other activities that people can check out while they are waiting for the next lecture to begin.
For more, check out this article: Ideas to Promote Your Wellness Program to Employees