As a workplace wellness manager, you must have many redeeming qualities to succeed in your position. But one characteristic that most likely isn’t included in your job description, but probably should be for many managers overseeing traditional programs, is thick skin.
Up until now, a tougher exterior has been needed to deal with the “job hazards.” Here’s why…
Do any of these sound familiar?
- You work hard to bring worthwhile programs to employees… and then nobody or very few people sign-up to participate.
- You have to handle people’s ongoing complaints about the programs or your wellness portal.
- You must constantly prove a ROI on everything you do and/or beg for budget dollars.
- You get the “pleasure” of hearing from people who think they have better ideas for wellness but then don’t want to put in the work to implement the ideas.
If you deal with any of these skin-thickening scenarios, it’s time to shed that extra epidermis with a workplace wellness rejuvenation makeover.
Refresh your program by:
- Communicating with your audience on a regular basis – Provide employees with frequent, consistent doses of company news, along with healthy lifestyle information. Keeping employees in the loop will show them you care about them as individuals and as important members of the company.
- Laying off the biometric poking and prodding – and provide ideas, resources, and events that allow employees to live their best lives.
- Focusing on low-cost program options that connect employees with their community – Encourage participation in community events, seek out community donations/resources, and bring in community people who can share their health, financial and wellness expertise with your participants.
- Relying on personal stories & testimonials from employees, and building a community of support and caring in your workplace to connect employees with one another.
- Making the Wellness Team a trusted group that employees can go to for support and resources versus viewing the team as a group with ulterior motives. This means making sure the team is composed of a mix of employees from all departments at all levels, not just company higher-ups.
What to do now:
- Check out these success stories of how your colleagues are making communication a priority in their companies.
- Read this FREE eBook, “How to Put Communication First in Workplace Wellbeing,” for expert advice on how to implement a “communications-first” approach at your workplace.
What communication challenges are you facing? I can help find a solution that works for you. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-334-4094.