One person can’t be expected to know everything about everything. This is true in all areas of life, including health and wellness. If you’re responsible for the success of a wellness program, you shouldn’t try to have the knowledge and experience of a dietitian, personal trainer, medical doctor, and therapist. You need help – which may be closer and easier to come by than you realize.
Many of your wellness program participants may have expertise and interests that they would be willing to share with others – if you just ask. For example, maybe Sam is also a certified fitness trainer – ask if he would be willing to share some workout tips. Or, maybe Connie has a passion for healthful cooking and would love to share her recipes with others. Dan actively participates in 5ks with his family. Can he give tips on keeping the family active? Who knows what hidden talents you might uncover!
Identifying Your Employee Experts
To find people who would be willing to share their health and wellness knowledge and skills:
- Talk with your employees and find out what talents and passions they have outside of their job.
- Include a “share your talent” posting in your next newsletter or tack up flyers in the break room and/or restrooms.
- Send out an interest survey
What employee experts might contribute:
- Provide content for your newsletter, posters or flyers
- Submit tips for email blasts and/or social media sites
- Provide a video and/or photos
- Let you know about free or inexpensive community activities to promote
- Lead lunch-n-learns or mini workshops or workouts
Once you’ve received interest from individuals who would be willing to contribute, work with them on expectations and what they’re able to provide and how often. Be sure to touch base with employees’ supervisors to ensure wellness activities don’t interfere with employees’ existing job duties.
Also, acknowledge your “employee experts” whenever you use their content and invite your audience to talk with them for more information. For example – “Today’s tip was provided by Sam Smith. Watch for more workout tips from Sam in the future, and feel free to connect with him.”