Effective Communication to Employees Leads to Improved Wellness
4/4/2012 11:52 AM
You’ve done tremendous work to change your policies, rework your food environment, add new benefits, but maybe you feel like your employees are not engaged in wellness. Sometimes the solution is simple—communication, meaningful involvement, communication, leadership engagement, and, oh yeah, did we mention communication?
This idea might seem apparent, but simply communicating effectively to employees can lead to improved wellness. Hospitals are taking initiative and implementing strategies that revolve around this idea, including the employee wellness program at the Medical University of Charleston South Carolina (MUSC). This hospital is leading the way in employee wellness among its 12,000 employees, recently earning Gold Star and Gold Apple recognition from NC Prevention Partners, as well as designation as a Working Well (a wellness campaign in South Carolina) Center of Excellence. They know their environments and policies will reach all employees, but they are doing more to make every employee feel like an active part of wellness. Most importantly, MUSC has implemented the creation of employee committees and champions. There are committees for nutrition, tobacco and physical activity, along with champion leaders to promote and help spread the word about the new initiatives. By creating these committee groups, communication can effectively help create a culture of wellness and improve the wellness of employees. This communication can spread education, information about health benefits and policy through various media channels such as a newspaper or Facebook group. Help lead the way in employee wellness with effective communication!
Learn about this topic at our upcoming webinar on April 26th from 3:00-4:00 PM. Policies, programs and benefits are only as strong as your communication strategy. Make sure employees know about and take full advantage of your wellness policies & environments by building an effective and meaningful communication plan.