In the 2021 Pulse of HR Report, 70% of HR leaders reported the past year as the most stressful in their career.
Wellness programs have become mission critical for companies over these last few years. Despite the powerful impact they can have on employees’ wellbeing, the brunt of the work in coordinating, planning, launching, executing and the success of the program falls to HR.
Wellness programs can bring employees together, provide critical guidance in health and happiness, and combat stress. So, how can we continue to see these benefits without completely overwhelming our HR heroes?
The Customer Success team here at Walker Tracker went to work on this topic to provide some ideas. Whether you’re running a step challenge, wellness challenge or focusing on employee engagement activities, here are a few tips that can save you time and energy.
1. Plan ahead
Taking the time to make decisions for your future wellness events will save you time in the long run. When you don’t have time to be creative, let your wellness vendor recommend a challenge and your weekly incentive criteria.
Walker Tracker tip: Use our sample challenge schedule
2. Use Templates and auto-schedule Communications
A comprehensive wellness vendor should provide you with communications templates to easily inform and encourage your members on an ongoing basis (this isn’t a one and done deal! Admins who send out communications at least once a week see over 30% higher participant retention.
Walker Tracker app tip: the ‘notice’ tool allows you to schedule in-app messages to send out right away or at a later time. Front load your communications strategy and sit back while your members are engaged, connected, and motivated!
3. Enlist Wellness Ambassadors
Invite department/location leaders to create their own challenges to keep members engaged while you are in-between company-wide events. These champions can drive participation, engagement, and results.
Walker Tracker app tip: Not sure who your wellness ambassadors are yet? Check out the discussion boards in your challenge. Who’s boosting others up and sharing their wellbeing tips? You can also consider a registration survey question to find volunteers.
Keep it simple when you launch a new initiative to employees and avoid doing too many things at once. The first challenge or program is all about participation – if the parameters are overly complicated, it creates barriers to entry. Once you’ve run your kick off event, you now have a captive audience to launch new fun challenges and features to.
Walker Tracker app tip: Walker Tracker has many features and options for engaging your members. Don’t feel like you have to turn on all the features at once. It’s always easier to run a simple movement challenge at first. Then activate wellness metrics, points, badges, teams, and more when you’re ready to run a wellness challenge or expand your goals.
5. Get help on various levels
A great wellness vendor partner is by your side throughout your wellness journey. They’re invested in the success of your program and want to drive results just as much as you do. A few tips when looking for a wellness partner:
- Experience – look for a vendor who has years of experience in corporate health and wellbeing, established best practices, and a product that’s been driven by customer feedback.
- Admin support – ask about the level of support and service you’ll receive as a program admin and set expectations around your goals from the kick off.
- The app matters – find a solution with a mobile app your members will love using! If it’s not easy and fun, you’ll struggle to drive long term engagement.
- Great end-user support (with real humans behind it) – make sure the vendor has a member support team. This way you don’t spend your time troubleshooting technical questions. Vendors should fully support your members and help guide them through the best experience possible.