Once you have a plan, you must continue to encourage and motivate employees as you implement the plan in order to maintain interest. There are several factors which influence health behaviors to keep in mind.
- Time: The more you can work into an individual’s existing busy schedule, the better your chance for participation/success.
- Access: Making events and activities convenient for your employees will increase participation.
- Knowledge: People want to know “why,” “what” and “how to.”
- Cost: Making program components free or cost efficient will increase participation.
- Testimonials: Success stories can encourage others to make behavioral changes and are a great way to ignite conversation between coworkers about your wellness program.
- Incentives: Incentives are helpful in maintaining program interest and participation rates. Significant incentives such as cash or health insurance rebates have proven to be strong motivators for employee participation. Other popular incentive options include: raffles, paid time off, flexible working hours, HRA/FSA contribution, jean days, and employee recognition. As you can see, incentives can range from expensive to low-cost. See below for ideas on how your business can provide incentives.
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- Small: Implement the low-cost incentives.
- Medium: Incorporate low-cost incentives and use the medium cost suggestions as resources allow.
- Large: Incorporate any of the suggestions below, but see the Louisiana Business Group on Health Toolkit for even more ideas!