Step 2: Assembling a Wellness Team

Choosing a Wellness Team

A Wellness Team may consist of one or two dedicated and interested employees to oversee the program (under the direction and with the support of executive/senior leadership) or a comprehensive group of people from various divisions of the organization who have an interest in wellness and strong knowledge of the business.

icon-network-largeBe sure to include representatives from each of your locations if you have more than one facility. Staff positions you may want to engage include, but are not limited to:

  • human resource managers
  • health benefits managers
  • health education staff
  • occupational nurses
  • medical directors
  • building facilities managers
  • administrative assistants

If your organization cannot dedicate an employee to leading a Wellness Team, or serving as the Wellness Coordinator, consider partnering with or contracting this responsibility to local organizations, such as1:

  • local healthcare organizations
  • health insurance companies
  • local/regional YMCAs
  • hospital educational outreach staff
  • local health or wellness coalitions
  • chambers of commerce
  • independent contractors or consultants

Responsibilities of the Wellness Team

The Wellness Team should meet at least every two months and be responsible for:

  1. Conducting an assessment of current individual health and workplace environmental factors
  2. Developing a health improvement plan with goals, objectives and timelines for what the program will accomplish
  3. Assigning roles and responsibilities to appropriate staff and/or division(s) of the organization
  4. Creating a detailed budget for specific wellness activities and incentives based on feedback from senior executives
  5. Communicating and marketing the wellness program to employees through a variety of media, including newsletters, bulletin boards, in-person staff meetings, emails, etc.
  6. Tracking employee participation
  7. Designing a plan for annual evaluations to measure the impact of policies/programs that are implemented, and modifying them as needed