Counting down to your wellbeing program

8. Plan ahead

Have a clear program of activities and use a dedicated calendar to communicate what is coming up to your teams.

7. Plan a launch event

A big, visible activity that everyone can get involved in can help kick-start your movement towards healthier behaviours. Bupa often helps clients set up a health lounge which consists of a variety of activities such as heart health screenings, diet consults, massage, and back and posture screenings. Events such as this inform, educate and help create noise within the office. It also shows staff that the business is taking the initiative seriously.


6. Get your leaders on side

Get buy-in from leaders and influencers before the launch. Having a core group of influential staff members to inject enthusiasm for the program can make a massive difference. They can lead a health and wellbeing movement by example as well as encouraging their teams to take part and make this part of their everyday.

5. Use technology to reach as many individuals as possible

Use your intranet or other social resources to give real-time updates and delegate wellbeing updates to individuals in different parts of the business.

4. Make it aspirational but achievable

Your strategy must take into consideration whether you are needing this to provoke a big behavioural change or simply encouraging small steps to make incremental changes. Results are a great form of motivation, so make sure everyone stays involved long enough to start seeing positive outcomes.

3. Make it a team challenge or social opportunity

Including a competitive element or making individuals feel accountable as part of a team can really help motivate them to get involved and stay engaged. Bupa has a ready-made ‘step’ challenge where your teams can vie to see which group can take the most steps over a number of weeks or months.

2. Think about incentives

Sometimes carrots are better than sticks, so try including an incentive for people who want to make a positive change. Think about implementing a ‘wellbeing day’ in your staff’s contracts. At Bupa, individuals are able to take an additional day off work in the year to focus on their wellbeing and this promotes a clear message to employees that individual wellbeing is an important part of our culture.

1. Communicate consistently and persistently

Set up a name and logo for your wellbeing program that your people will see consistently. They’ll soon associate it with all things health and wellbeing so it becomes embedded and ultimately part of the culture.

If you need more help in starting this process, our team of workplace health advisors are more than happy to help.  Get in touch today.

This information has been reviewed for Bupa by health professionals and to the best of their knowledge is current and based on reputable sources of medical research. It should be used as a guide only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional medical or other health professional advice. Bupa HI Pty Ltd (and its related entities) makes no warranties or representations regarding the completeness or accuracy of the recommendations or assessments and is not liable for any loss or damage you suffer arising out of the use of or reliance on the information, except that which cannot be excluded by law. We recommend that you consult your doctor or other qualified health professional if you have questions or concerns about your health.

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