Editor’s Note: One of our regular contributors, Donna Rogers, recently participated as an attendee and speaker on the 2018 HR Conference Cruise. What’s an HR Cruise you may ask? According to the website, it combines “a robust Human Resource conference with an exciting cruise to tropical islands and gorgeous getaways….It is everything that a land-based conference offers – except that it moves!” The inaugural cruise set sail in January 2017 and based on popularity and demand returned with two sailings in February 2018. Donna wanted to share some of her observations and takeaways with the Women of HR readers; below is the first of her two posts.
It’s showtime at sea for attendees of the 2nd annual #HRCruise heading to Haiti and Jamaica. After a great opening session by Greg Hawks, the first session of the week began with Brad and Suzanna Cooper with US Corporate Wellness. They walked attendees through a well thought out, detailed and thoughtful presentation about what corporate wellness should look like. In my experience wellness programs have been very narrowed. For example, when I first started my career, there was a $100 prize for the employee who lost the greatest percentage of weight. I was only 23 at the time without a great deal of other influences buying for my time. It was a cinch. I won! I went out and bought a brand new suit to wear to work with my winnings. I was excited, proud and focused. I had willpower.
- Increase communication of wellness initiative as an ongoing process
- Tailor your message to your audience – such as generation; ally different employees
- Creating lasting and meaning full change in wellness – not a one time shot like my personal example above
- Try-in, Buy-in ~ Let employees try something to help
- Focus on the individual – one size does not fit all
- Tracking what I want to be a year from now and track progress towards that goal
- Scarlett Letter – you don’t have to be perfect on your wellness journal
- Corporate Social Responsibility tie into wellness
- Even if you’re good about exercise in the morning but sit a lot at work, doesn’t give you a free pass
- Never use any phone sitting down – get up and move
- Being intentional
- Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs – Top is now Social Media
- You are all so sexy, I want to be you!
- It’s just not fitness and food…it’s about so much more like Financial Wellness
- Create ways to have impact without intrusion
- Mini SWOT analysis of individual company specific wellness programs
- Wellness Wheel
- Traveling trophy in the office when teams win challenges
- Utilization Review of programs
- Wellness coaching & EAPs
It’s showtime! What are you going to do to improve your overall wellness program?