Health & Well-being Strategic Planning and Program Evaluation
If this is a new idea to you or you are looking for a way to streamline or simplify the evaluation of your program, a great place to start would be to look at the WELCOA 7 Cs: (WELCOA is considered a leader in workplace wellness, helping organizations build successful well-being programs.)
- Committed and Aligned Leadership
- Collaboration in Support of Wellness
- Collecting Meaningful Data to Evolve a Wellness Strategy
- Crafting an Operating Plan
- Choosing Initiatives that Support the Whole Employee
- Cultivate Supportive Health Promoting Environments, Policies and Practices
- Conduct Evaluation, Communicate, Celebrate, and Iterate
These benchmarks can serve as both a high-level evaluation and planning tool and also a more detailed strategic framework as you evolve your program and ensure it fits the needs of your organization. Reviewing each of these areas and determining one or two action steps for the year is something that can be very impactful for your program. Many times, programs are excelling in some areas but have areas that have been overlooked. Don’t ignore the “tough” spots – these are likely the ones that are holding your program back from being the best it can be. Some (but not all!) of the most common areas of improvement are based around the following questions:
- Does your program have full leadership support?
- Do your mid-level managers and supervisors understand all aspects of your program and have full engagement of the employees in their department?
- What data are you collecting to determine if you program is successful?
- How does your program align and integrate with other key company initiatives (and do your employees understand this alignment?)
- Do our policies and work environment support and re-enforce your well-being programming?
- How do you celebrate success?
- Do you have a plan? How do you ensure that the plan is working and evolving to meet the changing needs of your company and employees?
If you have not already done so, engage your advisors, vendor partners, and consultants to learn how they can help you work through any challenges you are having and create a more structured strategy for your well-being programs. Not only have they likely seen similar situations and can offer advice, but they can also be partners and make the process less burdensome for you and your team.
WELCOA also has a number of wonderful resources available on their website (www.welcoa.org) that can help you look at your program through a different lens and assist you in setting impactful goals for the upcoming year. Cheers to a healthier and more strategic 2020!
AUTHOR: Natalie Buice, Health & Wellbeing Consultant at Northwestern Benefit, a OneDigital Company