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For most people, simply “feeling better” often isn’t incentive enough to make lifestyle changes.

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Overview Employee wellness is vital for an organization due to its direct ties to things like attendance, job performance, and morale, to name just a few. Companies invest in employees' personal wellness because it ultimately improves their business operations. Essentially, employees who feel better perform better. For this assignment, you will be tasked with creating a wellness plan for the same company you developed a benefits plan for in Module 6. Assignment Prompt Imagine you are the HR Manager for Company X, a manufacturing company located in the Midwest that produces prosthetic limbs. You are tasked with developing a wellness plan for the company's 600 employees. Company X's mission statement is: Providing quality products and services to our customers to help them live their best lives. The HR Department's mission statement is: Caring for our employees so that they can live their best lives. The following are some statistics about your workforce: 78% are tobacco users 10% get more than 60 minutes of exercise a week 50% are overweight or obese 15% have a chronic health condition 30% have felt down and uninterested in things they normally enjoy at least once in the past month Steps for Designing a Wellness Plan There are several steps involved when designing a wellness program. For the purposes of this assignment, you will be completing the four steps outlined below, using the company details provided above. Step 1 - Create a Wellness Goal The first step in designing a wellness plan involves assessing the available wellness data and creating a goal aimed at improving a wellness metric. Based on the employee statistics provided above, there are several wellness factors that the wellness plan could address. In order to determine which one to pursue, you'll want to consider the culture of the company and what you think would make the biggest impact. For example, a wellness goal might be: Reduce the percentage of tobacco users from 78% to 65% in six months. To ensure your goal is well developed, refer to the acronym SMART. A SMART goal is: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and has a designated Time frame. In the example above, the SMART components are as follows: Specific – reduce tobacco users Measurable – 78% to 65% Achievable – a 13% decrease in tobacco users is significant, yet attainable Realistic – no unrealistic expectations that the number of users will drop to zero Time frame – Six months For step 1, you will be submitting a wellness goal and a paragraph explaining your rationale for the goal. The goal should be stated in 1-2 sentences and written as a directive. The rationale should indicate how the goal meets the SMART criteria, how it aligns with Company X's workforce and the wellness area you are targeting, and what impact you think attaining this goal will have on the organization. Step 2 – Decide How to Support and Incentivize Employees Once you have identified the goal for your wellness plan, you then need to consider how employee behavior can be modified to achieve that goal. For the second step in this assignment, you will want to identify two ways in which the organization can support its employees' lifestyle change and one way the organization can motivate employees towards making this change (either carrot or stick). Drawing on our sample goal of reducing tobacco users, the next step would be to identify resources that would support employees as they attempt to quit tobacco. Some ideas might be: Offering a free 6-month smoking cessation program onsite Providing free nicotine patches Making therapy sessions available to employees (who may use smoking to cope with stress) For most people, simply "feeling better" often isn't incentive enough to make lifestyle changes. As the textbook describes (in section 13.4e), companies often use a "carrot or stick" approach to motivating employees. Here are some examples of how employees could be motivated to quit tobacco: Carrot Tobacco users who quit receive $50 in company merchandise after six months of being tobacco free. Stick Tobacco users who fail to quit are subject to pay a higher premium on their medical plan. For Step 2, outline the components of your wellness plan using a bulleted list. In your outline, be sure to include the following: Identify two program components or resources that will be made available to the employee (see Module 7 lecture for a list of common components) Describe one motivational component (either carrot or stick) Step 3 – Outline Plan Specifications The third step of designing a wellness plan involves outlining the particulars of the wellness plan for administrative purposes. One of the most important components of the wellness plan from an HR perspective is determining a method for tracking individual progress within the program. For this component, try and think through every detail of the program from both the employee's perspective and the employer's perspective. Additionally, as a member of the HR team, you will want to be sure the program isn't too tedious to administer. You can use the following guiding questions, as well as any others that might be applicable to your plan design: How will employees sign up for the program? When will employees sign up for the program? When does the program start? How long does the program last? Can employees enter and exit the program at any point? How is progress measured and reported? How frequently will progress be measured and reported? When does the "carrot" or "stick" start, and when is it reviewed again? Returning to our previous example, the program specifications might look something like this: How will employees sign up? – Employees can sign up by completing the form on the company website indicating their participation in the Tobacco User Cessation Program. When will employees sign up? – Employees can enroll in the program at any time. When does the program start? – The program starts upon initial enrollment. How long does the program last? – The program lasts six months from the time of initial enrollment. Can employees enter and exit the program at any point? – Employees are committed to the program for six months but can re-enroll every six months if they are unable to remain tobacco-free. How is progress measured and reported? – Progress is self-reported via a survey. How frequently is progress measured and reported? – Enrolled members are asked to self-report on a weekly basis by completing a survey about their tobacco use in the past week. When does the "carrot" or "stick" start, and when is it reviewed again? – Employees who remain tobacco-free for six months from the start of the program will receive $50 to spend on company merchandise. For Step 3, list the bulleted questions above, any additional questions you deem necessary for rolling out your program, and your responses to each one. Step 4 - Communicate the Plan Now that we have the wellness goal, the resources and incentives, and the program's structure, we need to decide how we want to advertise the program to our employees. For the final part of this assignment, you will create an advertisement—that will be emailed to employees and posted in the breakroom—explaining the program and encouraging people to enroll. You can make your advertisement as creative as you'd like. Make it fun, make it catchy, and include all of the necessary details. The purpose is to catch people's attention and get them excited to join. As an example, the advertisement might communicate the program to employees like this: Are you tired of standing outside in all weather conditions? Do you wish you didn't get winded just walking from the parking lot to your desk? Does your sleep apnea machine make it difficult to get a good night's sleep? Let's work together to help you feel better by quitting tobacco products! Company X is offering a Tobacco Cessation incentive program to help you feel your best! Starting on July 1, employees can enroll in the Tobacco Cessation program from the company intranet. Once enrolled, you will have access to the tobacco cessation program, nicotine patches, and stress therapy sessions for the next six months. Each week you will complete a form indicating your tobacco use for the week. Once you are tobacco-free for six months, you'll receive $50 in X bucks to spend in the company store, PLUS you'll feel amazing! Team up with your co-workers and be ready to sign up on July 1! For Step 4, you will submit a one-page document with the information from Steps 1-3 that you deem most pertinent. Consider that your target audience is the employees at Company X; therefore, you'll want to frame the information to appeal to them and persuade them to sign up for the program. What information you choose to include or exclude is up to you, so long as it achieves the intended purpose of getting employees to sign up for the program. Towards this end, therefore, you might want to highlight what is in it for the employees since this kind of information will motivate them to sign up. Your final submission should consist of two documents: The first document should include all the content you produced for Steps 1-3, with appropriate headings (e.g., Step 1, Step 2, Step 3). The second document you submit should be your advertisement from Step 4. Submit your assignment documents as a Microsoft Word or PDF file upload.

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