No matter how great a team, cause, or product is, it won’t succeed if it doesn’t have a champion behind it. Just like many athletes have dreams of being an Olympian, only those with a sound strategy and discipline get the chance to win a medal, and having a wellness program succeed is no different.
Whether it’s you or someone on your team that needs a concrete path to becoming a wellness champion at work, I’ve got you covered with a game plan.
Share your vision.
As the founder of the company you work for can tell you, and likely any true entrepreneur at that, an idea is useless unless executed upon. If you have a desire to be a corporate wellness champion at work, it’s important to share your vision as soon as it’s realized.
As Jonathan Swift said, “Vision is the art of seeing things invisible”, and bringing those around you to see your vision will be important to gain momentum. When sharing your vision make sure to include:
- What’s the cause and motivation behind these wellness initiatives? If these don’t align with an individual on your team, they are less likely to participate, so find a cause that most people can get behind such as a healthier home life or heart disease prevention.
- What’s the end goal? Having a clear goal to reach, such as 1,000,000 calories burned or 1,000 fitness classes attended, helps your team match the cause with the goal and understand what they’re all shooting for.
- A plan of action. Causes and goals are great but if no one knows how to achieve the latter then your plan is that you have none. Helping your team understand what they can do to achieve the aforementioned goals will be key to reaching success.
Be a leader, not a follower.
Champions simply don’t wait for others to lead the way and the same can be said for the vision you’ve now created. If your thought is that once you’ve shared your vision that your work is done, just know that it’s only just begun!
Now that you’ve shared the cause of your wellness initiatives, the goal you’re collectively looking to achieve, and the plan on how to get there, it will be important to lead from the front.
Pushing heart screenings? Be the first one to get it done and then show others how easy it was. Want your fellow employees to get more active? Don’t just hope they’ll do it on their own but find out what they’re interested in, sign up yourself, and then invite them to come with you.
Create a community.
At Peerfit, we’re in love with the concept of building healthy communities and believe, if done correctly, is one of the strongest tools available to building a successful wellness program. Work is a tribe like any other so if you’ve got a clear vision and you’re leading those around you, how do you form a community?
You’ll need to find others than can help in spreading the vision you’ve begun to share. These individuals ideally will represent the diversity that your company has to offer, sodon’t forget about the different divisions your company may have, as well. Just because what you have to share resonates with everyone in the administrative offices doesn’t mean you won’t need to tweak it for those out in the field.
Once you’ve identified a strong, varied support network, be sure to enlist them with ways to engage with everyone around them. One important aspect in creating the community, and not ostracizing certain individuals, will be to meet everyone where they are.
No fads allowed.
We’ve all likely been in a situation when a company we worked for was rolling out some new initiative and three months later we thought to ourselves, “what ever happened with that?”. If that’s how your wellness initiatives start, it’s likely you won’t be heading toward the corporate wellness champion title.
We already know that a cause, a goal, and a plan of action are key. But how do you make sure these wellness goals stay top of mind and don’t seem like some new phase the company is going through?
You must provide your team with consistent updates. Each company has it’s own best ways to communicate with everyone and it’s important you leverage this in a positive way. For example, since the Peerfit team is entirely remote, we use Slack to ensure important messages are seen by all, and that we are in constant communication, since it’s essentially our digital office.
Furthermore, it’s important to share success stories. This is an important step because it keeps those participating motivated and could be that final push someone on your team needs to get engaged in the healthy habits they’ve been hearing about. Finally, I recommend you indoctrinate all new hires with whatever wellness mission your company is on so they can see how important it is from the get-go.
So you’ve got a vision, a game plan, a community, and a goal. All that’s left is the hardest part and that’s to start. Don’t be scared of the challenges in front of you. Instead, think about the positive impact you’ll be making on the health and wellness of the lives of those at work, which for many of you are considered a second family. Let’s go, champ.