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How Can You Set Up a Wellness Program

Nothing worthwhile was ever created by winging it. The same is true of a Worksite Wellness program. The program itself is straightforward to set up, but to do it right, you should expect to invest some time up front for planning.

Here’s a general outline of the steps you should expect to take to get your program started:

Step

Task Description

Resources

1: Initial Preparation First things first. Set the stage for starting a workplace-based health promotion program by getting senior management support and forming a wellness committee to help you plan, promote, and implement the program.

Information on the benefits of a health promotion program

Microsoft Word Document icon Sample letter requesting senior management support — can be edited

Flexibility of employee schedules to accommodate wellness activities

2: Research and Planning The research and planning stage is likely to take the longest, but it’s also the most critical to your program’s success. Important tasks to focus on during this phase include:
  • asking employees for input on their health interests and needs;
  • assessing your company’s environment and culture;
  • reviewing outcomes from previous wellness initiatives;
  • setting goals and determining the steps you’ll take to reach them;
  • seeking support from IBC Wellness Partners or other outside sources to minimize your implementation time;
  • developing a budget for prizes and incentives (if applicable).

PDF iconWorkplace Assessment Survey

PDF icon Sample Employee Interest Survey

Learn more about Wellness Partners

3: Program Design Now that you have the information you need, it’s time to settle on and schedule the events and activities you plan to run. Varying the types of programs you offer will help you keep employee interest, cover a wide range of topics, and involve a wide range of people. Scrutinize your workplace, too. Do policies need to change to create a more health-centric workplace?  
4: Implementation and Promotion Consider making a formal announcement when you kick off the program. For scheduled events and activities, allow yourself plenty of time to promote them. Flyers, banners, posters, email announcements, and newsletters are all good ways to spread the word.
5: Evaluation After each special event or promotion, evaluate your program so you’ll know exactly what you achieved. You might find that some components were too complicated, cost too much, or didn’t really affect employee health. Others might have been so successful they’re worth rerunning throughout the year. This information will help you refine your plan so you use your time and money as effectively as possible.