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.