A common characteristic of top wellness programs is they are customer driven, which means they solicit ongoing feedback from the target audience on program design in addition to operation. In fact, not aggressively collecting employee input places your program’s success at risk. An important tool for this purpose is the corporate wellness needs assessment to systematically evaluate how the environment (social, work, personal) and worker perceptions affect ability to practice healthful lifestyles and participate in your initiatives. More and more people from the younger generation are joining the work force daily and are occupying a larger chunk of the corporate world. Yet, we see that they burn out very fast and within a year or two their productivity decreases. This is in spite of the fact that younger people are supposed to have better stamina and more vigor when they enter this arena.

The requires assessments reveal how a group is convinced things currently are versus the way they really want things to be. These beliefs represent reality as the group spots it — usually associated with organizational and/or individual performance. Check the latest about the INAM Center for Pluralism in the link provided.

When conducting a really needs assessment, survey as broad of a go across section as possible. Then identify wellness needs by major sub-categories within that group, such as white- versus blue-collar, male/female, ethnicities, hours, age groups, or departments. For instance, the nutrition challenges of shift workers would require different wellness program elements from day workers. Often the yearly screening does not help to rule out the above common ailments suffered by an average professional.
This is where Corporate Wellness Programs steps in and raises the standard for providing health care service.

The whole idea of corporate wellness plans is a Vision of the not-so-far-off future that would use technology, advanced information systems and team-oriented medical approach that would make it possible for better health care to take place at work place than we ever imagined possible.

Be sure to include anyone with a unique perspective about the target audience — family members, insurers, vendors, unions, department heads, senior management, healthcare providers, and external customers. Each group also can provide important input on their own program expectations and concerns.