Workplace Health Promotion Operating Plan Development
Successful workplace health promotion programs must incorporate an outcome-oriented workplace health promotion operating plan. A workplace health promotion operating plan is important because it:
- Links workplace health promotion initiatives to company needs and strategic priorities;
- “Legitimizes” the workplace health promotion program, which increases the likelihood of continued resources and support;
- Provides continuity for the program when personnel changes occur; and
- Serves as a means to evaluate the effectiveness of the health promotion programs.
Your workplace health promotion operating plan should contain the following elements:
- Vision Statement. Workplace health promotion program must start here. All successful and long-lasting workplace health promotion programs, and organizations for that matter, have clear vision or mission statements. A vision statement is the envisioned future you are trying to achieve. It should include the values that drive the program along with the ultimate goals or accomplishments the program is trying to achieve. It should support the company’s overall mission statement. The following is an example of a workplace health promotion program vision statement:
- To improve the health and well-being of ABC Co. employee’s lives through health education and workplace health promotion activities that will support positive lifestyle change thereby resulting in improved employee productivity and morale and healthcare cost savings for ABC Co.
- ABC Co. will reduce the prevalence of employee smoking from 35 percent to 25 percent by the end of the next fiscal year.
- By x date, ABC Co. will implement a smoke-free workplace policy.
- By x date, ABC Co. will offer all employees a health risk appraisal and will follow up with smokers by x date.
- By x date, ABC Co. will offer employees and their spouses smoking cessation classes to help them to quit smoking.
- In November, ABC Co. will participate in the American Cancer’s Society’s Great American Smoke out.
- Involve employees in the planning and implementation process;
- Enroll the company president to encourage participation;
- Use e-mail, bulletin boards, and company newsletters.
- Make the program fun by starting with a creative name;
- Provide incentives; and
- Keep it simple and easy by making activities easy to sign up for and participate in.
You will measure your results by reviewing each workplace health promotion program goal and determining whether that goal has been achieved. Using the example from above:
- Did the prevalence of smoking decrease by 10 percent by the end of the fiscal year? If not, why not?
- Was the goal realistic?
- Does the timeline need to be adjusted and objectives revised?
Implementing a workplace health promotion program requires careful planning. With good planning, your company can reap the benefits of workplace health promotion: healthier employees, reduced absenteeism, increased productivity, a boost in morale, and reduced health care costs. All of these benefits will contribute to keeping the company’s bottom line fit and healthy.