Wellness committees are important in that they develop a sense of ownership in the program, and facilitate various tasks involved in wellness programming at the workplace. The committee must be composed of a cross-section of staff representing various occupations, levels, and subgroups with the organization.
A common mistake is filling the committee with the most health/fitness-conscious individuals in the business. Don’t rely solely on volunteers to fill a committee. Be certain that your committee members have enough power in the business to run an effective health promotion program.
The wellness committee is made up of employees from the workplace. It oversees the health promotion program and helps carry it out. The committee should meet about once a month to review the previous month’s activities and plan future ones. When the program is just starting, the committee may meet each week until things get going.
Committee members don’t carry out medical procedures, counsel clients, or handle confidential health information. Wellness specialists perform these tasks.
In general, the committee’s duties fall into three areas – planning, promoting, and assisting to run programs.
Creating the programs can include –
Marketing the program can include –
Helping to run the program can include –
The size of the wellness committee will be dependent on the size of the organization. Select members by asking day management to nominate or appoint staff members.
Make an announcement through flyers, memos, and meetings to recruit potential members. Explain the purpose of the committee, duties and responsibilities, and the time commitment.
Recognize your wellness committee volunteers. Allow them to take part in programs at a reduced cost. Hold appreciation breakfasts/lunches/dinners.
Print names of committee members on company communications about the wellness program.