Investment and buy-in from senior leadership can create a culture where healthy lifestyles are valued and promoted.
Leadership plays a vital role in the success of a workplace wellness program. Leadership commitment and support can communicate the purpose and processes of the workplace health program to all levels of the organization.
Benefits of Getting Leadership Involved
- act as models and champions for the effort, and achieve buy-in and support from other levels of the organization
- cultivate a supportive work environment with management and employees
- dedicate the necessary resources to the effort
An organization that promotes health in the work environment demonstrates its concern for the well-being of its employees, enhances its competitiveness, engages its employees and presents itself as an attractive place to work.
Role of Leadership in Implementing a Wellness Program
Organizations that wish to implement a wellness program should identify a senior executive to oversee the organization’s workplace health program. The role of a leader is to:
- communicate consistently to all levels of the organization the workplace health program goals, objectives and activities to create buy-in and support
- serve as a model and champion. Senior leaders “walk the talk” and gain active commitment, support and participation from other managers and staff
- demonstrate organizational commitment to workplace health and safety initiatives (through employment contracts, strategic plans and health improvement plans)
- appoint a Worksite Wellness Coordinator with the time, interest and skills to lead the effort, and recruit and assign Wellness Team members
- dedicate resources and assign a budget to the Wellness Team
- articulate how the vision and goals align with overall business goals, showing the connections between employee health and business objectives