“For a business to get to the next level of greatness depends on the quality of the culture, which depends on the quality of relationships, which depends on the quality of conversations. Everything happens through conversations.”
Judith E. Glaser
Each organization has its own uniqueness due to specific industries, needs and objectives. However, building a Fit-for-Life culture has some universal key success factors.
Leadership support and engagement at all levels throughout the organization is the single most important component to the success of any workplace initiative. All levels of leadership, from executives to middle management to indirect leaders within the organization need to support and actively participate.
Misalignment within an organization can be a debilitating force to any workplace implementation strategies. Being aligned and intentionally infusing wellness into the organizations mission, core values, practices, policies and norms will provide a distinct competitive advantage.
Creating your Wellness Impact Team representing all levels of the organization who assist with the vision, planning and implementation of the Fit-for-Life strategies, while encouraging participation and serving as a liaison between the employees he or she represents and the Impact Team.
We work collaboratively with high quality and verified service providers, the organizations healthcare providers, insurance carriers and community relationships to leverage both internal and external partners for programming resources.
Creating opportunities for engagement can be the game changer. When employees feel like they have 'permission' to participate, in the way of time, there becomes the sense that things are being done for them, rather than to them.
The most reliable and effective way to get an organization moving in the same direction is for Leadership and members of the Wellness Impact Team to have a clear message about what is decided, and promptly cascade the information throughout the organization. Strong communication can even serve as a powerful motivator and can help to reduce an organizations dependency on incentives to encourage engagement.
Ongoing evaluation of the program will drive innovation and improvement to highest levels of success. Gathering outcomes, feedback and input from employees, managers and leaders can provide valuable insights. And, just as important as gathering the information is how to apply the lessons learned.