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:
- Your program will run smoothly.
- Most of the work won’t fall to a few committee members who may get burned out by the heavy burden.
- Nothing falls through the cracks.
How many and what type of roles you create depends on:
- The size of your company and wellness committee – Larger organizations typically have larger committees so responsibilities can be divided among many people. On the flip side, smaller companies may have committees composed of just a handful of people who will have to wear more than one wellness hat.
- What your wellness program offers and how it provides those offerings – Many programs cover several different areas of health (e.g., nutrition, physical activity, emotional/mental health, etc.) and use a mix of events and communication platforms (e.g., newsletters, posters, lunch-n-learns, emails, intranet sites, social networks, etc.) to fulfill their missions. If this is the case in your organization, you may want one or more people to serve as a point person(s) for each area and each program delivery method.
At a minimum, you’ll want to designate someone to serve as:
- A leadership liaison
- A meeting minute taker
- An events coordinator
- A communications coordinator
FOR A COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF A WELLNESS PROGRAM COMMITTEE, download this FREE paper — Wellness Program Committee Roles & Responsibilities.