OK team, listen up! Here’s Step II of a two-step game plan for building your free Workplace Wellness program.
In Step I, we covered the importance of fighting disease with a good Secondary Prevention Defense. And we covered how to put some positive lifestyle points on the board, with a powerful Primary Prevention Offense.
Then we showed you how to access the full talent in your locker room, and how to add that new horsepower to your game.
In Step II, we’ll cover the importance of using the entire field of play. The more you utilize all the assets available to you, the more you expand and elevate your game.
Athletic Ability Today Vs. Just 5 Years Ago
Communication technology and availability of high quality, free wellness resources have exploded in recent years. Now it’s time to make sure our wellness strategies and tactics get updated with the changing environment.
Training, recovery, nutrition, and sports psychology methods advance all the time. So do the elements of Workplace Wellness Programs. But so many workplace teams are still not recognizing the new tools available to them. And they’re falling behind.
If you want to have a winning wellness program, you can’t just think vertically (workplace silo). You can’t afford to get too comfortable (isolated). You have to have an instinctive, spatial awareness of where your assets are deployed. And use the entire competitive landscape to your advantage. Think big by thinking of broadening your horizon! Think community, state, and nation in terms of recruiting, competition, learning and development.
The Wellness Resource Chalkboard!
Think of your Wellness Program like a half-court of a basketball floor
1. Under the basket (Your Worksite): Would any of the employees at the worksite take a little time to volunteer and help you with the Wellness Program? Are there preventive benefits available via a health plan? Is there a positive and engaging culture in place? What are the assets available to you onsite?
2. Inside the key (Your Community): Local organizations like hospitals, farmers’ markets, grocers, restaurants, sporting organizations, retailers, and others know that education and engagement are the sustainable ways to build a loyal following in today’s highly competitive environment. And they’re reaching out to you. Use them to piggy-back events, share resources and network with.
3. Inside the 3 point line (Your State): Each state Government has free initiatives to improve population health, and that includes your population. Some of the big health-related associations have active state chapters that bring local events and resources to your backdoor.
4. Up to the half-court line (The Nation): Tap into $$ billions in resources .gov .edu .org .com .net − Where are the best assets to support your game plan? You can start at HealthFinder.gov. And don’t forget about the big American Associations − Heart, Cancer, Diabetes, Lung, Red Cross, and more. . . all have huge sets of resources that could become part of your wellness message, local events, and tools.
The way to get started is to access the power in your own locker room, and re-evaluate how you use assets. See The Head Wellness Coach’s Winning Strategy For A Championship Program, Step I.
As your Guest Head Coach it has been my job to. . .
- help you build a tough defense and powerful offense into your game plan.
- assess the talent in your own locker room, and put that talent to work.
- use your local fan base and community to full advantage.
- embrace the entire national field of play and open up your options.
- move quickly and adapt on the fly by not duplicating that which is already available.
Follow the advice in Step I and Step II, and you’ll want to make me Coach of the Year! But more importantly you’ll have a new attitude, better tools, more focus, and a lot of people working on improving their lifestyles. Cheer, cheer for . . .
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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.