You Need To Be a Proactive Wellness Coordinator

10/05/2016 03:54 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

As a wellness coordinator, your attitude can not only make or break employee participation, but can actually impact how well an employee does throughout your wellness program. Taking a positive, proactive approach to your wellness program can make it both more popular and more effective.

Being a proactive wellness coordinator means taking action when it comes to your wellness program. It means reaching out to your employees, encouraging them, and empowering them to make healthy changes in their lives.

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This proactive approach to employee wellness is more effective than a reactive approach for lots of different reasons:
  • Health and wellness is an ongoing process, so there is always action to be taken.
  • Activity is contagious, so the more you work in wellness, the more your coworkers will work too.
  • A positive, active start in a wellness program sets employees up for success by providing the strong start they need to develop extra motivation.

Being proactive doesn't mean being "in-your-face" or annoying your employees about wellness. What it means is being one step ahead of what your employees need when it comes to health and wellness. Taking that early step will put you and your wellness program in a position for success.

Healthy Lifestyles

A huge part of proactive wellness is encouraging healthy lifestyles. Step outside of the specific services you offer to provide your employees with the resources they want and need. Aid them in their health journeys.

Some ideas for proactively promoting healthy lifestyles:
  • Share useful and credible information about health tips and tricks.
  • Don't wait to be asked to provide healthy resources.
  • Be a resource yourself by serving as a go-to for healthy information.
  • Have a health "library" or some type of catalog of helpful information for any challenges your employees face.

Being proactive in how you promote health can help you glean better results from your wellness program. It's one way to set your employees up for wellness success.

Wellness Events

Proactively planning wellness events is another great way to ensure your program runs smoothly and efficiently. Taking the first step in wellness event planning helps you avoid surprises and stay ahead of potential troubles down the road.

Some ideas for proactively planning wellness events:
  • Be a good teammate when you're working with wellness vendors.
  • Ask lots of questions to be sure your vendors and partners know exactly what you need.
  • Go above and beyond by providing excellent wellness events with all the bells and whistles.
  • Communicate often with any stakeholders involved with your wellness event--vendors and participants included!
  • Focus on quality and
quantity by providing frequent, excellent events employees will look forward to.

Many wellness programs are made up of the wellness events they host. Be sure your wellness events go off without a hitch by staying ahead of the game and being a proactive wellness event planner.

Employee Recruitment

Proactively recruiting employees to your wellness program and events is a great way to not only boost participation, but to encourage excitement about being involved with wellness. Taking the first step to reach out to your employees helps them see the value of building up their own health journey.

Some ideas for proactively recruiting employees to wellness:
  • Communicate clearly and communicate often about the specifics and details.
  • Seek employees out instead of waiting for them to come to you.
  • Answer questions in a powerful way that sways employees towards your program.
  • Don't get stuck on new-hires! Recruit both new and current employees to your wellness program.

The most effective way to attract wellness participants is to show them the value and excitement of being involved. Proactively seeking out employees with wellness information does both of those things.

Ultimately, part of being a successful wellness coordinator is being proactive about the job you're doing. How do you take action when it comes to your wellness program?