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Four Simple Steps to Workforce Well-Being

Assess, Plan, Engage, Measure

This four-step model provides a tested blueprint for designing a workforce well-being program that’s right for your organization. It is important to make the work environment safe, supportive, and inclusive. You decide how simple or extensive you want your program 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.


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


Informed by employee feedback, you’re ready to plan your workforce well-being 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.


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.


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.


Companies that invest in well-being programs are 7x more likely to report increased innovation and creativity

— Cross, R., “Next Practices in Holistic Well-Being: The Performance Advantage,” i4cp, 2020

Take the first step to workforce well-being

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


Gauge employee interest and measure progress.

Wellness Committee Toolkit

Form your own wellness committee.

Goal-setting worksheet

Make a specific, measurable plan.

Well-being fact sheets

Understand the six dimensions of well-being

Links to helpful information

Assistance, guidance, and inspiration

Build your strategy with our Starting a Workforce Well-Being Program toolkit*

Additional workforce health resources

Wellness committee toolkit

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Career Well-Being Fact Sheet

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Community Well-Being Fact Sheet

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Emotional Well-Being Fact Sheet

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Financial Well-Being Fact Sheet

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Physical Well-Being Fact Sheet

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Social Well-Being Fact Sheet

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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.