As wellness professionals, we are constantly seeking ways to increase our impact and influence within our organizations. Today, Jen Arnold, our host and founder of Redesigning Wellness and Rebecca Johnson, cofounder of ViDL Solutions seek to jumpstart your path to confidently bring your organization into the next generation of wellness all while building your credibility as a thought leader within your organization or with your client.
In this webinar turned podcast, Jen and Rebecca discuss the 4 critical keys for more impact and influence, as well as high level ideas to get you thinking about what needs to change in the wellness industry and in your own organization.
Rebecca discusses the importance of reframing the value proposition away from cost savings toward people development, shifting from offering incentives for change to creating the ideal conditions for change, and moving away from a weight focus of health to health regardless of size.
Jen shares her personal experience with weight focused programs and their lack of sustained success. Lastly, she explores a few methods for connecting wellness programs to business priorities, and why this is vital to increasing influence and getting a spot at the table.
Interview Highlights (with timestamps):
- [10:16] The four most common pain points for Wellness professionals
- [17:53] Defining next generation wellness
- [20:26] The first key: moving value proposition from cost savings to person development
- [26:54] The second key: shifting away from incentives to creating the conditions
- [34:43] The third key: moving away from the weight focus of health to a focus on health regardless of size
- [43:44] Jen’s experience with weight focused wellness programs
- [47:46] The fourth key: connecting wellness to business priorities
- [58:02] A deeper dive on the Next Generation Wellness Training
Mentioned in this episode:
Rebecca Johnson is a leader in the wellbeing industry with more than 20 years of diverse experience in coaching, education, consulting, speaking, program management, and business development. She has been influential in shifting the corporate wellness paradigm away from the conventional outside-in, “wellness or else” model towards a more holistic, inside-out approach.
Rebecca currently serves as the Director of Wellness Services for Corporate Fitness Works, where she oversees the implementation of a new paradigm model that fuses the best of employee wellbeing and cultural transformation.
Jen Arnold is host of the Redesigning Wellness podcast where she interviews experts on the topic of organizational health. Jen’s on a mission to change the common approach to employee health and wellness. To support this mission, she facilitates employee training that addresses leadership, resilience and mindfulness.
For the 16 years prior to starting her own business, Jen led organizational health and wellness efforts and advised employers how to start them. Most recently, she worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC for over 8 years leading a team of health promotion professionals. Jen is a Tedx speaker who uses stories, activities and humor to not only make a point but to keep audiences engaged and listening.