Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Workplace Wellness Takes SAIL

It's Showtime at sea for attendees of the 1st Annual #HRCruise heading to Haiti and Jamaica.  After a great opening session by Greg Hawks, the first session of the week began with Brad and Suzanna Cooper with US Corporate Wellness.  They have walked attendees through a well thought out, detailed and thoughtful presentation about what corporate wellness should look like.  In my experience wellness programs have been very narrowed.  For example, when I first started my career, there was a $100 prize for the employee who lost the greatest percentage of weight.  I was only 23 at the time without a great deal of other influences buying for my time.  It was a cinch.  I won! I went out and bout a brand new suit to wear to work with my winnings.  I was excited, proud and focused.  I had willpower.

However, the wellness program was only focused on one thing, weight loss. A strategically planned program will consider so much more like smoking, stress, spirit, mental, physical, exercise, sleep, and so much more.  Sleep today is a huge thing for me.  The light bulb when off when I heard Brad say that without a good nights sleep, I have over a 40% chance of eating junk food in the afternoon.  He was right, I know what I need to eat or drink.  I am a Weight Watcher (recently rejoined) for gods sake.  I know I don't get good sleep and knowing this helps me understand at least one reason why I am constantly sabotaging my success towards my weight loss goal.  

There are so many other great takeaways from this great speaking duo and as I write this blog post, brad asked everyone starting with me to speak out about their one takeaway.  So I typed them up for your to review here. 

Takeaways from the attendee's: 
  • Increase communication of wellness initiative as an ongoing process
  • Tailor your message to your audience such as generation ally different employees
  • Creating lasting and meaning full change in wellness - not a one time shot like my personal example above
  • Try-in, Buy-in ~ Let employees try something to help
  • Focus on the individual - one size does not fit all
  • Tracking what I want to be a year from now and track progress towards that goal
  • Scarlett Letter - you don't have to be perfect on your wellness journal
  • Corporate Social Responsibility tie into wellness
  • Even if your good about exercise in the morning but sit a lot at work doesn't give you a free pass
  • Never use any phone sitting down - get up and move
  • Being intentional
  • Maslow's Hierarchy of needs - Top is now Social Media
  • You are all so sexy, I want to be you!
  • It's just not fitness and food...it's about so much more like Financial Wellness
  • Create ways to have impact without intrusion
  • Mini SWOT analysis of individual company specific wellness programs
  • Wellness Wheel
  • Traveling trophy in the office when teams win challenges
  • Utilization Review of programs 
  • Wellness coaching & EAPs
It's showtime! What are you going to do to improve your overall wellness program?

Thanks for the corporate sponsor of this event which can actually be a great incentive option for wellness programs: Corporate Traditions - a company that allows you to let your employees pick their favorite gifts.


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