What Can You Make “Mandatory” in a Wellness Program?

June 3rd, 2016

Many companies are looking into the implementation of wellness programs for their staff. But there are a lot of questions about how to encourage participation. You can create a weight loss challenge or host yoga in the break room. But what if you want to make something mandatory? Mandatory is a concept that often turns people off of a program, but it doesn’t have to be. As long as you’re aware of what you can’t make mandatory, it is possible to design a wellness program that everyone can participate in. Here are some things to know.

Seminars and speakers.

Educational experiences can be a great place to start. Bring in speakers to talk about wellness issues, like stress management or healthy eating, for your employees to attend. In many cases, a break from their daily work will be welcomed. And the right speaker can easily motivate someone into taking action in their own lives. You can make attendance a requirement, but you’ll have to stop short and forcing them to implement these changes unless they want to. Taking it a step further, don’t limit your seminars and speakers to just physical wellness. Mental and emotional wellness are two great areas that a lot of people will relate to as well.

Annual physicals and other screenings.

You can make it mandatory that your staff engage in annual physicals or other screenings throughout the year. What you can’t do is then utilize this information to make employment-related decisions. But, if it keeps your employees informed about their own health, it will be a great benefit for them and the company overall. Insurance companies may require annual physicals to qualify for certain benefits.

Third-party medical questionnaires.

You can require that your staff complete medical questionnaires that are supplied by a third-party company that retains confidentiality. You cannot give out medical questionnaires yourself, as this would be a violation of HIPAA laws regarding individual medical privacy.

Additional voluntary programs.

Finally, there is no reason to avoid voluntary wellness programs. It may seem like mandatory processes will make your team healthier overall, but forcing someone to do something they don’t want to, even for their own good, rarely work and can add to stress and frustration. Allow them to pick and choose the programs that they want to participate in and you’ll see a higher success rate overall. You may think your employees want to do one thing, but you can’t predict their interest. See what they are interested in and build programs around that. When your employees create the programs, it’s much easier to get buy-in from your team.

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