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.

Stop!

No more!

Then:

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!
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Robert Piller is President of WellnessIncentivesPlus.com, 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 WellnessIncentivesPlus.com to view thousands of wellness rewards and reminders in all price points-including over 800 different promotional pedometer styles in all price ranges.

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Is Trying to Measure Your Wellness Program’s ROI Keeping You From Moving Forward?

what is keeping your company back from offering a wellness program?Austin, Texas:  An recent article in USA Today, entitled More Firms Using Incentives to Prod Employees to Fitness, took a positive look at the success of corporate wellness programs.

It cited a survey of 335 employers that found that the share of companies that used financial rewards in health management programs increased to 54% in 2011 from 36% in 2009. In 2012, about 80% of companies plan to offer financial rewards.

Most employers are quickly learning about the need to incorporate wellness and fitness programs into their corporate structure as a way of reducing health care costs.

However the most difficult stumbling block that most Human Resource Directors are finding is justifying expenses for the wellness program without hard data and stats proving its effectiveness.

Many ratios have been bandied about, the latest being a 6:1 ROI ratio for return vs. cost of a wellness program. I have seen this ratio show anywhere from a 3:1 ratio to 6:1 – depending on the source.

The USA Today article describes a program from Health Care Service Corp, where with incentives such as cheap gym memberships and “prizes” for hitting goals, HCSC’s fitness program has saved the an average of $17 a month in medical costs, while those not enrolled have raised its health costs by 5%. And that is over nearly 5,000 participants – a savings of over a million dollars per year.

Debbi Brooks, divisional vice president of the wellness program at HCSC, said some of the changes have been too substantial to be coincidental.

Employees who work out one to two times a week have 8% lower medical costs than those who don’t work out; those who work out two to three times a week have 28% lower medical costs; and those who work out more than three times a week have 44% lower medical costs.

Can you determine the return on investment of your wellness program?

If you haven’t already done so, now is the time, so you can justify your programs success and keep it funded.

If you are still in the planning stages, there are plenty of industry statistics you can use, most available free from WELCOA, the Wellness Councils of America.

2012 is just around the corner.  Are you going to be the 80% of the companies running wellness incentive and programs for your employees, or are you going to be the 20% sitting on the sidelines, waiting for more specific results, while the non-action continues to cost your company significant money?

Be proactive.  Take the time to gather your wellness results so you can foster a healthy workforce.

As Debbi Brooks mentions in the USA article, “It’s good business to have a healthy population. It really is the right thing to do.”

Here’s to a healthier and fitter workforce!

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Robert Piller is President of WellnessIncentivesPlus.com, 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 WellnessIncentivesPlus.com to view thousands of wellness rewards and reminders in all price points.

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Imprinted Yoga Ball is Ideal Wellness Incentive

imprinted yoga balls for wellness programsAustin, Texas: An imprinted exercise ball is perfect for developing strength and flexibility.

Recommended by fitness trainers and great for health and wellness promotions.

Bonus inflating pump included.

Price includes blank item only. Add $1 for a one color silk screened ball.

Available from Wellness Incentives Plus and wellnessmarketingsolutions.com

 

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