Criteria for Step 4
Step 4. Action plan
You have a wellness program action plan you revise each year. The plan includes clear goals and objectives that link to the strategies and activities you want to implement.
Your action plan addresses 3 key areas:
- Healthy People—strategies to encourage and support employees to adopt healthy lifestyles.
- Healthy Places—changes to make to the physical, policy and cultural environments to support wellness and healthy choices.
- Communication and promotion—approaches to promote and encourage employee interest, ownership and participation.
Healthy People strategies can inform and raise awareness and knowledge on specific health issues. However, a best practice wellness program also focuses on improving unhealthy lifestyle behaviours and providing ongoing support to employees to make and maintain positive changes.
One-off events, such as a healthy breakfast or a barbeque, aren’t Healthy People strategies. These types of isolated events need to link in with other activities.
To be effective long-term, plan for a combination of strategies that will make healthy choices the easy choices for your employees. Identify ways to support your employees to maintain the healthy changes they make.
- Small workplaces—you support employees who want to achieve and maintain a healthy weight by providing information about the benefits of being physically active and healthy eating:
- You promote the Get Healthy and Coaching Service and a 12-week walking challenge.
- Your workplace has developed and implemented a flexible work hours policy to enable employees to attend activities during work time.
- You provide facilities such as lockers to support employees to be physically active.
- In addition you develop a healthy food and drink options statement or policy that outlines the value the organisation places on healthy eating.
- Medium sized and large workplaces—you support employees who want to quit smoking and improve their social and emotional wellbeing:
- You provide information on the health effects of smoking and the benefits of quitting as well as access to support services such as Quitline and a peer support program.
- Your organisation develops a smoke-free policy and hosts information sessions.
- Your workplace hosts ‘How to achieve work-life balance’ information sessions and promotes the services of the employee assistance program.
- You engage an external provider to train managers on how to support employees’ social and emotional wellness.