Everyone needs a little inspiration every now and then. Sharing success stories from your employee wellness plan can motivate others to participate and encourage them to reach their goals or set new ones.
Sharing these successes and celebrating them can not only benefit your employee wellness program, but it can boost your team's morale as well. Success stories are effective for a number of reasons — first, your employees relate to stories.
Not only do we as humans naturally think and process in stories, but using testimonials gives your employees a name and face to identify. Usually people associate more meaning with a success story than with a generic list of benefits and potential outcomes.
And testimonials can help your team feel supported. During a health and wellness journey, some employees may deal with sensitive situations they wouldn’t normally speak up about. By sharing stories of someone who has been in their shoes, you'll consequently develop a support system for your staff.
Second, celebrating these wins and rewarding your employees will only inspire them to move forward. According to behavioral scientist B.J. Fogg, celebrating small wins stimulates a dopamine release in the brain, the feel-good chemical that reinforces the learning experience and strengthens the sense of connection to people we work with. Change and growth are promoted through positive emotions more than through disciplined practice. And, celebration is an experience. In the workplace, it's the most effective when shared between employees.
Our 10 best practices are effective tools we implement with our wellness solutions to ensure that companies have a successful employee wellness plan. We explored our ninth best practice, Wellness Celebrated, to help demonstrate how you can properly build a positive and thoughtful employee wellness program.
What is Celebrating Wellness?
Celebrating wellness within your organization requires regularly sharing success stories and program highlights.
Those who take time to reflect on and celebrate their wins are generally more optimistic, take better care of themselves and tend to be less stressed out. Celebrations increase your sense of well-being, regardless of socioeconomic factors, education, age or gender.
How to Celebrate Wellness in Your Wellness Plan
Here's how you can successfully celebrate wellness within your own employee wellness program. Following our best practices, your celebration of wellness was developed correctly if...
—Employee success stories are shared within company communications (with approval).
—Celebrations are used regularly to highlight well-being program completion.
—Employees are rewarded for their successes.
—Employees share in each other’s successes (recognition programs).
Later this month, we'll break down our final best practice in more detail — be sure to follow along and don't miss out on how you can invest in these wellness solutions to help your employees thrive!
Interested in learning more about implementing an employee wellness program at your company? Let us help guide you. At OnSite Wellness, employee health and wellness is our specialty.
We offer additional supporting services on top of our Best Practices. Incorporating an employee wellness program at your workplace can have massive benefits for your employees in tracking and managing a healthy lifestyle.
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