While implementing a wellness programs, the major challenge we face is building employee engagement. There are multiple strategies out there that focus on pushing and manipulating the employees to participate in the wellness program. However, by using this strategy employees see wellness program as another company mandate instead of a personal benefit. The best type of participation comes when employees are personally motivated. Therefore, think in terms of incentives and social recognition when it comes to wellness program engagement.
This presentation by Health Enhancement Systems does an admirable job in describing this precise concept.
“Get Healthy… Or Else” Is the Wrong Approach to Wellness
Should employees take personal responsibility for their health and well-being? Yes; but they need information, skills, and support – not threats or manipulation.