Four Simple Steps to Workforce Health

Assess, Plan, Engage, Measure

This four-step model provides a tested blueprint for your overall strategy, and for designing all of your programs — whether you want to increase physical activity, serve healthier food, or help employees reduce stress. You decide how simple or extensive you want your plan to be. Then choose what you need from the resources we provide to meet your program goals, plus data to evaluate results and adjust goals for the future.

1

Assess

Launching a workforce health program may seem like a complex undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be. To start, assess where your organization stands on workforce health. This means getting business owner, CEO, or leadership team support. Once you have that, conducting employee surveys to determine your most pressing workforce wellness needs becomes easy.

2

Plan

Informed by employee feedback, you’re ready to plan your workforce health strategy. This means setting goals and clear definitions of success. Appoint a dedicated wellness champion or form a wellness committee to generate momentum. This person or team will be responsible for developing a calendar of events and a communications schedule that will keep the rest of your workforce involved throughout the length of your program.

3

Engage

Now you’re ready to launch the program and engage employees. Visit our Resource Center to find educational resources, tools, and programs to encourage participation. Ongoing communications will help to promote your program, keep the excitement going, and celebrate successes.

4

Measure

Finally, you’ll want to measure and evaluate your program’s success. Use surveys to track employee progress, participation, and interest. Learn from mistakes and look for improvement opportunities. And always share health wins, participation numbers, and other positive outcomes with your employees.

DID YOU KNOW

64% of employees report increased productivity directly related to participation in wellness programs

— Virgin Pulse, The Business of Healthy Employees: A Survey of Workplace Health

Take the first step to workforce health

When you’re ready, we recommend using the Starting a Workforce Health Program toolkit to design a successful, results-oriented workforce health program. In it. You’ll find:

Surveys

Gauge employee interest and measure progress.

Wellness Committee Toolkit

Form your own wellness committee.

Goal-setting worksheet

Make a specific, measurable plan.

Healthy Meetings Guide

Integrate simple, healthy habits into your meetings.

Links to helpful information

Assistance, guidance, and inspiration

Build your strategy with our Starting a Workforce Health Program toolkit*

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*Due to the pandemic, some of the tips and tools provided in this kit may not align with CDC-recommended safety guidelines for COVID-19 prevention. For additional information, please visit cdc.gov.