With any new program you put into place, you probably find yourself asking questions like; Is it worth it? How can I know if it’s effective or not? What should I change?
The questions you ask as you start integrating new employee wellbeing programs into the mix are no different. And perhaps, more often than not, the answers to these questions are even more important as they can directly lead to more funding, less funding and everything in between.
Where do you start for answers? How do you know if your program can be defined as “successful?”
“Effective wellbeing programs are a lot like good parenting,” DHS Group Account Manager John Fosdick, said. “They both require that those in ‘management’ lead the way by practicing what they preach – by offering positive reinforcement and by providing resources that will lead to wise choices.”
If your executive team has taken stake in the wellbeing program that is being offered to employees, you’ve conquered one of the hardest steps. But, it’s not just about having an executive team that logs their daily steps or participates in a wellness survey, successful programs, like John mentioned, have executives that support the entire program - starting with practicing it themselves, but also offering reinforcement and resources.
Similar to how “leadership involvement” on one level doesn’t equal overall program success, simple engagement in a wellbeing program, ie. recording steps and getting involved in apps, isn’t the entire picture of success – it’s just the start.
As your wellbeing program becomes more successful, a healthy program sees increased engagement at all levels of the organization; starting with things like camaraderie during activity challenges, but growing to include camaraderie across departments and functions throughout the organization. A successful wellbeing program doesn’t just strengthen physical muscles, but also the backbone of the company that employs it.
“…Working your body’s muscles can actually benefit your [brain],” Neuroscientist Ben Martynoga wrote in a recent Guardian article. “Scientists are showing that the runner’s high and the yogi’s tranquility have profound effects on your brain. Moreover, specific physical activities can markedly alter its structure in precise ways.”
That said, similar to how successful wellbeing program engagement begins to overflow in better engagement and camaraderie through office walls, improved focus, not just in wellbeing disciplines, but on everyday tasks, is also a telltale sign of program success.
Wellbeing program not doing all that you think it should? DHS Group can help solve wellbeing and benefits challenges ranging from creating activity challenges to benefits design and strategy and everything in between. Learn more about DHS Group’s solutions that can help your wellbeing program become a success and get in touch with us here.