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.

The 5 Pillars of Employee Behavior Change: Pillar #2

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

The Grassroots Approach to Employee Wellbeing—And Why it Works

By Chris Cutter Oct 11, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The ideal version of employee wellbeing looks something like this: You have an engaged, enthusiastic workforce where employees are excited to come to work and have plenty of strategies to maintain their physical and mental health. And most of us have launched employee wellbeing programs with that very expectation.

Unfortunately, we often find that reality is a stark contrast to our idealized vision. We don’t get the enrollment or engagement we’d hoped for, and we see our employees revert back to their old behaviors after trying but failing to make lasting changes.

In a recent webinar, I spoke about how to build a culture of wellbeing at your company. In this post, I’ll focus on one aspect of this discussion: the grassroots approach to employee wellbeing. Read on to learn why the grassroots approach is so effective and what this could mean for your own employee wellbeing program.

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?

The Case for Investing in Employee Wellbeing Coaching

By Hollis Kool Oct 4, 2017 8:00:00 AM

What’s the first thing you feel like doing after having a frustrating day at work? Coming home and complaining to your spouse, roommate, or best friend, right? Commiseration and validation of our emotions feels good, and usually brings us closer to others when we feel like they understand our experiences or feelings.

While you’re actually at work, though, it can be difficult to share your emotions in an appropriate or constructive way. You may worry that venting frustration, anger, or disappointment could get you labeled as a problem employee and hurt your chances of promotion and success at work. But what if there was a way for you to participate in the same type of commiseration and validation you experience in your personal life within a work setting?

Some employers have begun to offer real-time health and wellbeing coaching, effectively giving employees a way to express their emotions in a safe space at work. Keep reading to learn the benefits of including health coaches in your workplace wellbeing program, and why it’s worth the investment!

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?

Why Intrinsic Motivation Matters for Employee Wellbeing Programs

By Melissa Suzuno Aug 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Picture this: You’re walking through a beautiful, livable space filled with natural light and plants. You see people in small groups talking enthusiastically, some are seated at couches and in small booths, others are heading off to a yoga session on the roof, while others are snacking on fresh organic fruit.

Just to be clear: I’m not describing the hottest new health club, but what’s becoming more and more common in the workplace.

Employers are putting an increasing emphasis on employee wellbeing—53% would like to create a culture that promotes health and wellness according to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2017 Employee Benefits Report, which means that it’s important to spend some time thinking about how to create a successful program.

If you’re looking to promote real positive change among your employees, providing resources and programs is laudable, but it’s also essential to understand how to tap into their intrinsic motivation. By helping employees create goals that are meaningful to them, you’ll be setting them on the road to success.

Let’s take a look at how intrinsic motivation works and how you can incorporate it into your wellbeing programs for maximum success.

3 Ways Employers Can Support Positive Habit Change Among Employees

By Hollis Kool Aug 2, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Take a moment to consider the New Year’s resolutions you eagerly set for yourself at the beginning of this year. Remember that vision of a “new you” you saw parading in your mind?

Now flash forward to the present. Have you been hitting the gym, sticking to your diet plan, and spending more time with your family and friends? If so, good for you. That’s quite a feat. But if not... congratulations! You have a normally functioning response to negatively framed goals. Your neurological pathways for behavior change (or lack thereof) are right on track.

New Year’s resolutions, like many goals we aspirationally set for ourselves, focus on change from an undesired state or behavior to an ideal one. Although we may strive for self-improvement, it’s not as simple as just deciding that we want to be healthier, more generous, and well-balanced people. This process of setting ideals, but failing to reach them is an agonizing, yet very common one.

As an employer, it’s important to understand why you may be seeing performance outcomes by your employees that don’t match your (or likely their) ideals. Just as we all struggle with executing our New Year’s resolutions, employees can also have a hard time reaching their aspirations in the workplace. This is part of the bigger issue that humans can sometimes be our own barriers to achievement and change.

So how can you help employees make real, effective changes to their lives? Read on for a few ideas!

Can Employee Wellbeing Programs Inspire Real Change? These 6 Employees Say Yes!

By LifeDojo Team Jul 5, 2017 8:00:00 AM

You’ve seen the facts and figures. You already know that healthy employees are good for your company. Perhaps you’ve even started a few initiatives to encourage people in your office to get more active or make healthier choices in the kitchen.

10 Ideas for Marketing Your Next Wellness Program

By LifeDojo Team Jun 28, 2017 8:00:00 AM

You put a lot of time and energy into selecting the benefits you offer your employees. And, if you’re like 59% of employers, you’re including some type of wellness program in your offering. In theory, it should be easy. Who doesn’t want to improve some aspect of their wellbeing? The numbers confirm this: 87% of employees are open to employer-sponsored wellness programs.

But at the same time, according to research by Willis Towers Watson, only 33% of employees agree that the initiatives offered by their employer have encouraged them to live a healthier lifestyle.

You want your employees to be healthy. They want to be healthy (and don’t mind you offering assistance in this area of their lives). You offer programs to help them be healthier. And somehow all these points aren’t connecting.

So what gives?  

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