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Motivating Employees Always A Challenging Goal, Managers Say


Motivating and incenting employees to participate in their organization’s wellness programs is a much cited chief concern of wellness and health promotion professionals responding to the Workplace Wellness Management Survey, sponsored by the  Wellness Management Information Center.

Among the expressed concerns of wellness managers were such comments as getting employees to “buy in;” participation and commitment; “getting people engaged and participating;” ample time for the employee to participate in any programming;  “how to retain employees once they are engaged in the program;” the lack of individual employee motivation; getting people to use their memberships; and motivating additional participation.

The problem is employees “have so many work-related time constraints that sometimes it is difficult to get them to see wellness programs as a good use of their already limited time,” said a corporate nurse practitioner.

Concerning employee enrollment in programs a manager health promotion said: “Those interested in the interventions are the ones who need the interventions the least.”

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Retention Key To Health Management Program Success

Health management programs should be designed to retain employees, according to EmployeeWellnessUSA.com.

The programs, when designed properly, are a win-win proposition for employees hoping to improve their health and employers seeking to reduce their health insurance premiums, saidEmployeeWellnessUSA.com.

“Continued program participation is like sticking to a new diet,” said Holt Vaughan of EmployeeWellnessUSA.com. “At first, it’s easy to stay with a new employee wellness program because it’s new and your health goals are fresh in your head. But as the weeks wear on, people drop off because they lack the structure, community, incentives and results that they need to stick with it.”

Health management is one of the primary tenets at EmployeeWellnessUSA.com so program retention is consistently stressed to clients at their San Antonio, Texas, headquarters.

Vaughan said corporate wellness surveys are an important tool that wellness program managers can use to ensure retention. “Wellness surveys are easy to customize and administer, and they tell you what employees want from their health management programs,” Vaughan said. “If you listen to what they are saying, you won’t have wellness program participation shortfalls down the road.”

Address: EmployeeWellnessUSA.com, 8700 Crownhill Rd., Suite 110, San Antonio, TX 78209; (800) 299-7226, www.employeewellnessusa.com.

Worksite Wellness: How to Successfully Gain Senior Management Support

MANASQUAN, N.J.  — Gaining senior management support is essential for the success of any workplace wellness program, wellness experts agree.

The support of senior management is always one of the chief concerns of workplace wellness professionals, according to our annual wellness management surveys.

That is why the Wellness Management Information Center has organized an audio Webcast addressing this important topic for May 28.

Senior management can make or break a wellness program considering they have control of the money, resources, and employees’ time.

The expert presenter will be Judd Allen, president of the Human Resources Institute, LLC. Allen is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Wellness Institute, and serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Most managers are aware that wellness programs are valuable they just need to understand the value and benefits to supporting it.

If employees see their supervisors supportive of their wellness program the employees will feel more comfortable getting involved and in turn start living a healthier lifestyle.

During this program you will learn how to face opposition and change the opinions of management in your favor. Find out how to successfully get your senior management team more involved!

Join the Wellness Management Information Center and Judd Allen for “Worksite Wellness: How to Successfully Gain Senior Management Support,” a special 60-minute audio webcast scheduled for Thursday, May 28, 2009 from 1:30-2:30 PM EDT.


– How senior management can improve your wellness program  
– Strategies to face resistance to your program  
– How to change the attitudes of senior management in your favor  
– Strategies to change opinions of management who actively or quietly oppose wellness program  
– Approaches to getting your management team more involved  
– Tips for developing a business case  
H-ow to develop wellness leadership skills  
– Tactics for changing management culture  
– How to inspire by example  
– Live question and answer session  
– Full information on the program along with registration details are available at: http://www.healthresourcesonline.com/edu/wellnessmgmt.htm

Address: Wellness Programs Management Advisor, 1913 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 200, Manasquan, NJ 08736; (732) 292-1100, www.wellnessjunction.com.

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About the Wellness Management Information Center.

The Wellness Management Information Centeris a part of Health Resources Publishing LLC which has been providing targeted information to healthcare professionals for the more than 30 years.

We have been tracking, compiling, analyzing and reporting on trends in wellness and health promotion since the mid-1980s.

That expertise has been translated into books, special reports, white papers, management guides and audio conferences and webcasts for wellness and health promotion professionals.

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Congress Plans Incentives for Employers That Offer Wellness

Funding has repeatedly been cited as one of the major challenges for many wellness managers, according to our Workplace Wellness Management Surveys over the years.  A nagging problem. 

A new Congressional development development may focus new attention on workplace wellness programs. 

Congress Plans Incentives for Employers That Offer Wellness 

WASHINGTON — In its effort to overhaul health care, Congress is planning to give employers sweeping new authority to reward employees for healthy behavior, including better diet, more exercise, weight loss and smoking cessation. 

A web of federal rules limits what employers and insurers can do now. 

Congress is seriously considering proposals to provide tax credits or other subsidies to employers who offer wellness programs that meet federal criteria.

In addition, lawmakers said they would make it easier for employers to use financial rewards…..

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Workplace Wellness Certificate Tells the World You Know Your Stuff

A certification program raises the professional stature of the profession. A ‘certified’ manager in any profession is generally worth more money in the marketplace.

It is a credential that could mean the difference in competing for or getting a job.


It tells the hiring manager that you worked harder than the other person to earn the certificate. Generally, only a percentage of the profession will rise to hold the certificate.

The National Wellness Institute and WebMD three years ago launched a five level Certification Program for Worksite Wellness practitioners.

Larry Chapman, a well known and highly regarded expert consultant on wellness and health promotion, has been serving as the trainer for the certification classes held in conjunction with the annual National Wellness Institute program.

Each level requires two full days of training and successful completion of a Challenge Exam. Each level is focused on twelve different key skills critical to the design and implementation of a successful employee wellness program, according to the program description.

Level I Certified Wellness Program Coordinator (CWPC) is designed for organizations with fewer than a thousand employees. Level II Certified Wellness Program Manager (CWPM) is for organizations with 1,000 to 10,000 employees.

Level III Certified Wellness Program Director (CWPD) is for organizations with more than 10,000 employees. Level IV Certified Worksite Wellness Program Consultant (CWWPC) can then work with any size organization.

The Level V Certified Worksite Wellness Professional (CWWP) is for any size organization plus ten (10) years of progressively more challenging program management and authorship of a recent related peer review article on worksite wellness.

For information on the Worksite Wellness professional certification program visit the National Wellness Institute:  http://www.nationalwellness.org/?page=CWP