Slideshow 11 questions every wellness coordinator should be able to answer

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  • April 22 2016, 11:11am EDT
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11 questions every wellness coordinator should be able to answer

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Many employees have similar questions about their corporate wellness program, especially if the program is brand-new.

Here are 11 questions benefit plan sponsors should be prepared to discuss with their employees to help them feel good about being a part of the wellness program, says Becky Squiers of TotalWellness.

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Why are we doing a corporate wellness program?

Be honest and transparent. It’s OK to discuss rising healthcare costs and the desire to create a happy, healthy workforce.

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Who can participate in the corporate wellness program?

Be able to discuss workload requirements, spousal participation and whether or not dependents are included.

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Am I required to participate in the wellness program?

Wellness should never be a requirement. Be sure employees understand the benefits, but don’t make them take part.

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What do I have to do to be a part of the program?

Outline what it takes to be a wellness participant. This can include a biometric screening, health risk assessment or specific activities.

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What happens if I choose not to participate in the program?

Absolutely nothing. Punishments simply aren’t effective. Again, focus on the benefits of being a part of the program.

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What happens if I can’t participate in a wellness activity?

It’s a good idea to have some waiver options available in case an employee physically can’t participate in a given activity

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What’s in it for me if I participate in the program?

Incentives can be a great way to get employees involved. Be sure to know all the details about your incentive program.

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What will you do with my health information?

Assure your employees that their health information is strictly their own. All you should be using is aggregate health data.

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Who is in charge of the corporate wellness program?

If it’s you, proudly step up to the task. If not, be sure you know the name, department and contact information of the person in charge.

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Should I be concerned about my privacy if I participate?

You should have safeguards in place to ensure your employees’ privacy. Prepare a brief explanation of what those safeguards are.

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When/where/what is the next wellness activity?

Always be ready and willing to talk about upcoming wellness activities. In fact, answer this question even if it’s not asked.

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