Several years ago, the Village of Algonquin identified the need to take their wellness program to the next level. Participation and engagement among its employees was severely lacking. By closely assessing their program and identifying obstacles, they knew they had to offer a more robust program and create a culture of health to get employee buy-in and make the program successful. Todd Walker, Director of Human Resources at Village of Algonquin tells the story.
Prior to working with Interactive Health, we were really struggling to get employees involved in our wellness program. It’s not unusual for there to be some skepticism about potential advantages a wellness program can deliver. Initially our employees were very resistant, and as a result, our participation rate was only 18% in our first year.
The wellness program we were offering was very basic and we knew that if we wanted to get employees on board, we’d need to offer a more robust, comprehensive program. With the support of Interactive Health, we assessed our program and identified and overcame a number of obstacles. This strategic approach resulted in a jump in participation to 85% the next year.
How did we do it? There are a few factors that have made it so successful:
Implementation of a meaningful incentive, in addition to the communication efforts and creating a culture of wellness were key to increasing employee participation. If any of these factors were absent from the equation, the outcome would have been drastically different.
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