Worksite wellness programs can be empowering, motivating and a great employer benefit BUT most of them aren’t….
Why is that?
In my 11+ years working in different worksite wellness roles, there are two main things I see over and over:
Employers put WAY too much faith in flimsily built wellness programs to produce magical things….like a reduction in health care costs, health risks and an all over state of euphoria for every employee.
Jennifer Arnold, MS, RD/LDN
The wellness person is typically an overworked HR person that doesn’t have the bandwidth or expertise to build a strategic wellness program.
I started Redesigning Wellness to accomplish two objectives:
1. To help HR and wellness professionals implement effective worksite wellness programs.
2. To talk about what works and doesn’t work with traditional worksite wellness programming
My 10 Steps to Building an Impactful Wellness Strategy
An impactful worksite wellness program starts with an effective strategy. If you don't know what you're trying to accomplish with wellness, what's the point of wasting your precious energy on it?Download my 10 Steps here
To hear the full story of how Redesigning Wellness came to be, read my “Why a Workplace Wellness Blog?”.
So, why the heck am I qualified to give you advice?
Two words - experience and education. I've been the one lone soul of a company spending long hours planning health fairs, creating walking challenges with pedometers (yes, before Fitbits existed) and countless other time sucking programming that yielded me zero results. All while dealing with unsupportive leadership that could care less about a wellness program.
As far as education, I’m a registered dietitian trained in Adult Weight Management. I got my Undergrad Nutrition degree from Auburn University (War Eagle!) and Master's at Southern Illinois University.
Being trained in nutrition, I who found my way into worksite/employee wellness about 11 years ago. After a 2-year stint in public health, I found myself gravitating to more general wellness so when a wellness coordinator position came up at a local community hospital, I knew it was the move for me.
Once that hospital got acquired by a bigger hospital (Duke), I got even more great experience and got to be part of a large team. I was bitten by the employee wellness bug (if there is such a thing) but wanted a new experience.
I then went to a large health insurer and held 3 roles in over 8 years, all in different areas in the company but all tied to employer based wellness. My most recent role was leading a team of health promotion professionals who helped employers build wellness programs.
Despite my love of my job and team, I felt the pull to start my own business which is what I'm doing today. Even with 13 years of various wellness experience I continue to see new things that excite, surprise and motivate me to stay in this field. For my full experience, check my LinkedIn profile.