The 5 Pillars of Employee Behavior Change: Pillar #5

By Melissa Suzuno Nov 8, 2017 8:00:00 AM

You have high hopes for your employee wellbeing program—you’re going to motivate and inspire your employees to eat healthier, exercise more, quit smoking… well, the list goes on and on. And while you may have good intentions, if you’re like the majority of HR and benefits leaders, you’ve probably seen a bit of a gap between your hopes and reality. It can be hard to get the numbers you’d like to see for enrollment and participation—not to mention lasting engagement and long-term behavior change.

Part of the problem is that many programs neglect the science of behavior change, which minimizes their chances of long-term success.

In this series, we’ll explore the five pillars of behavior change that will help you design an effective employee wellbeing program. You can find the posts on Pillar #1 here, Pillar #2 here, Pillar #3 here, and Pillar #4 here.

The fifth pillar focuses on environment. How can you create an environment that makes it easier for employees to stick to healthy habits? Read on to find out!

The 5 Pillars of Employee Behavior Change: Pillar #3

By Melissa Suzuno Oct 25, 2017 8:00:00 AM

You have high hopes for your employee wellbeing program—you’re going to motivate and inspire your employees to eat healthier, exercise more, quit smoking… well, the list goes on and on. And while you may have good intentions, if you’re like the majority of HR and benefits leaders, you’ve probably seen a bit of a gap between your hopes and reality. It can be hard to get the numbers you’d like to see for enrollment and participation—not to mention lasting engagement and long-term behavior change.

Part of the problem is that many programs neglect the science of behavior change, which minimizes their chances of long-term success.

In this series, we’ll explore the five pillars of behavior change that will help you design an effective employee wellbeing program. You can find the posts on Pillar #1 here and Pillar #2 here.

The third pillar focuses on the topic of, well, focus! Let’s investigate why it’s important to narrow in on one habit rather than trying to make multiple changes at the same time.

3 Science-Backed Steps to Better Workplace Communication

By Hollis Kool Oct 19, 2017 8:00:00 AM

I’m about to share a truth that may be a little hard to hear, but it needs to be said. Most of us are really bad at communicating—especially at work. There’s a reason why it’s so hard to communicate well in the workplace: We have to navigate the fine line between professional and social as well as the complex relationships we have with our coworkers.

But communication is such a big part of the employee experience that it can’t be neglected any longer. And it’s no secret that it’s a pain point at many companies. In fact, according to research by Deloitte, only 14% of companies believe their internal processes for collaboration and decision-making are working well, and 77% believe email is no longer a viable tool for effective communication.

It can be particularly difficult to change the entire nature of your workplace’s communication. Overhauling everyone’s communication style is a tall order. But, you’d be amazed at the way that changing your approach to communication can affect nearly all of the interactions happening around you.

Read on to learn about three tactics you can start to practice to work better in teams, improve interactions with your manager, help lead others, or find the right tone while you are in the break room.  

The 5 Pillars of Employee Behavior Change: Pillar #2

By Melissa Suzuno Oct 17, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The 5 Pillars of Employee Behavior Change: Pillar #1

By Melissa Suzuno Oct 5, 2017 8:00:00 AM

You have high hopes for your employee wellbeing program—you’re going to motivate and inspire your employees to eat healthier, exercise more, quit smoking… well, the list goes on and on. And while you may have good intentions, if you’re like the majority of HR and benefits leaders, you’ve probably seen a bit of a gap between your hopes and reality. It can be hard to get the numbers you’d like to see for enrollment and participation—not to mention lasting engagement and long-term behavior change.

Part of the problem is that many programs neglect the science of behavior change, which minimizes their chances of long-term success.

In this series, we’ll explore the five pillars of behavior change that will help you design an effective employee wellbeing program.

The first pillar focuses on the topic of motivation: How do you inspire employees to take a particular action, both at the outset and then on an ongoing basis?

Dispelling the Myths of Workplace Wellness Programs

By Chris Cutter Sep 14, 2017 8:00:00 AM

You’ve probably observed a disconnect between the ideal version of workplace “wellness” and the all-too-common reality. In the ideal version, you have an office full of motivated, healthy employees who participate in your programs and achieve lasting results. But if you’re like a lot of other benefits and HR leaders, your reality looks a little more like this: minimal enrollment, low participation, and few lasting results.

Why is there such a big discrepancy here? There are a number of myths circulating around workplace wellness programs, and the perpetuation of these myths is preventing employers from helping employees make lasting health improvements in their lives.

We discussed these myths, and explored the science-backed solutions to those myths in more detail in a recent webinar, but you can keep reading here for the quick overview.

In this post, we’ll uncover and dispel the four prevailing myths in the wellbeing and health industry that hold back the true potential of behavior change in your employee population. Some of the insights include: the role of information and knowledge in habit change, the time it takes to change a habit, the downside to social challenges, and whether distinct programs are necessary for specific types of habits.


We’ve Got the Cure for These 4 Common Wellbeing Program Ailments

By Hollis Kool Sep 13, 2017 8:00:00 AM

With most ailments like the common cold, you usually know exactly what to do. When you have a sore throat, you gargle with salt water. If you have a cold, nothing works better than Mom’s chicken soup. But what if you’re struggling with something that’s a little more complex?

3 Questions to Ask Before Launching a Wellbeing Program

By Melissa Suzuno Sep 6, 2017 8:00:00 AM

You can see the future, and it’s looking bright. Everyone at your company is feeling energized and enthusiastic about their work, connected to the people around them, and full of vitality.

Sounds great, right? It’s easy to imagine that a wellbeing program will solve all of your company’s problems and transform your employee experience. But it’s important to take some time to clearly define exactly what your goals are for your wellbeing program.

Here are three big questions to ask yourself before you launch any wellbeing program.

Finding the Focus for Your Employee Wellbeing Program

By Melissa Suzuno Aug 17, 2017 8:00:00 AM

 

Wellbeing can be a tricky concept to define. That’s why we spent a blog post diving into what we mean by this term and why we think it’s important to distinguish between wellness and wellbeing. One of the reasons why we prefer “wellbeing” is that it’s more broad and holistic. It doesn’t just include how you’re feeling physically, but your mental and emotional states as well.

If you’re on board with all this, you may still be wondering what this means for your company and your employee wellbeing program. Let’s take a look at some of the main areas where wellbeing and work intersect and how this might impact your wellbeing offerings.

Employee Wellness vs. Wellbeing: What’s the Difference?

By Melissa Suzuno Aug 16, 2017 8:00:00 AM

What’s in a name? Does it really matter whether you refer to your program as an employee wellness or an employee wellbeing initiative? These two concepts certainly have some overlap, but it’s become increasingly common to differentiate between the two. In fact, BenefitsPRO reported a 90% increase in clients asking for “wellbeing” programs rather than programs focused solely on physical health. And in a very Project Runway-esque moment, the ADP blog went so far as to say that “wellness programs are out, wellbeing initiatives are in.”

So let’s look at each term in a bit more detail.

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