Keep Your Wellness Program Simple, Stupid.

Don't over-complicate your wellness programDon’t Over-Complicate Your Wellness Program

Austin, TX: Each day I get calls from wellness progfessionals asking for help on their wellness incentive programs.

It usually boils down to the same 8-10 questions.

After analyzing the calls for the past six weeks, I have determined that the biggest culprit and common denominator in wellness programs is over-complication.

That would include:

  • Trying to do too much with their wellness program.
  • Ramming too many items down the throats of their employees
  • Starting off in one direction and doing a complete 180.
  • Changing the goals too frequently.
  • Having a rule sheet more than a few bullet points. (I’ve seen some over 8 pages!!)
  • Having too many individuals responsible for points or awards.

Slow down.

Keep your wellness program simple, stupid to paraphrase the  popular expression.

Focus on a few core goals and emphasize only those.

They can include:

  • Weight Reduction.
  • Smoking Cessation.
  • Exercise Regularity.
  • Diet and/or Behavior Modification.

That’s it.


No more!


1) Educate.

2) Put into practice.

3) Review.

4) Then “rinse and repeat”.

Don’t over-think your wellness program.

Don’t keep adding elements to your program.

Don’t continuously add, modify, subtract, etc.

Stick with a few core goals and push only those.

  • Don’t get sidetracked.
  • Reinforce your goals..
  • Set good examples.
  • And keep educating your employees.

It’s as simple as that.

Follow these simple rules and your wellness program can be success

Over-complicate your wellness program – and it will be doomed for failure.

Here’s to a healthier workforce!

Robert Piller is President of, a leading provider of custom-printed promotional items geared exclusively for wellness programs and wellness incentives. These branded gifts are ideal for wellness incentive rewards, wellness kickoff or announcement gifts or as wellness reminders. Visit to view thousands of wellness rewards and reminders in all price points-including over 800 different promotional pedometer styles in all price ranges.