Setting Wellness Goals, Objectives and Timeline
Start with actions that build momentum, buy-in, excitement and lead to early success!
Once you conduct an assessment, the following points will help you to set goals and objectives and establish priority areas1:
- the degree to which health and safety risks are present, and ways in which they are monitored
- the number of employees affected by a health condition or at risk for a health condition
- the magnitude of the health effects for those employees affected, such as risk of death or disability, or impact on quality of life
- the current economic cost, such as direct or indirect health care costs
- the potential health benefits of the program, including the number/percent of employees who might benefit
- the availability of evidence-based interventions with proven effectiveness
- the availability of programs and services across various subgroups of employees
- the return on investment (cost-effectiveness or cost benefit of the strategy or activity)
- the level of difficulty to implement the intervention or strategy
- the cost of implementation and ongoing support (including availability of staff/resources)
- the time needed to plan and implement the intervention or strategy
- the interest of employees in participating in the chosen intervention or activity
A Three-Pronged Approach to Setting Wellness Goals2
While setting goals and objectives, it is important to combine individual-based strategies with environmental and policy changes as a way to increase impact, making it easier to achieve the desired outcomes (e.g., behavioral change).
Consider having strategies that complement each other. This type of three-way approach is likely to be more successful because it addresses the health issue from multiple perspectives.
Here is one example of a physical activity focus:
- Individual — conduct a six-week walking campaign that tracks employees’ steps or mileage
- Environment — map distances and routes for walking near the worksite
- Policy — implement a written policy that allows and encourages staff to walk over their lunch hour