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Why wellness strategies fail and how to make them work


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Wellness strategies can easily fail. Ensure they are successful by linking the strategy to improvement in the organisational areas of wellness pain. The wellness budget can then be funded by the savings it will produce. Critically, there needs to be a focus on the why and what of personal wellness change and also providing resilience training tools to support and sustain the how of the personal change.

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Why wellness strategies fail and how to make them work

  1. 1. Why wellness strategiesfail ....... and how to make themworkRod 456 0819
  2. 2. Organisational wellness indices arealarmingOvertimeOvertimeSickleaveSickleaveTTurnoverurnover
  3. 3. The business case is compelling
  4. 4. Pressure for wellnessPressure for wellnessprofessionals to doprofessionals to dosomething!!something!!
  5. 5. A vicious cycle?
  6. 6. A vicious cycle?
  7. 7. A vicious cycle?
  8. 8. A vicious cycle?
  9. 9. A vicious cycle: nothingchanges
  10. 10. The pressing orgainsationalwellness needs remain.......which leads to ...................
  11. 11. How can you break out of this cycle?
  12. 12. We need:- different strategydifferent strategy- employee- employeebehaviour changebehaviour change
  13. 13. New approachneeded please!The wellness strategy must create andsustain personal change
  14. 14. 1. Create an alternative wellness1. Create an alternative wellnessstrategy:strategy:1. Identify impact of wellness problems2. Select the indices to measure3. Create base line measures4. Develop strategy to improve themeasures5. Fund wellness budget through savings
  15. 15. It takes courage!
  16. 16. The key to success:The key to success:Ensure employees understandEnsure employees understandwhy, what and how to changewhy, what and how to change
  17. 17. Why and whatWhy and what to changeHowHow to sustain change
  18. 18. 2. Help each employee understandwhy and whatwhy and what they should change1. Education tailored to audience2. Tight integration between information,testing and individualised health plan3. Regular testing and feedback4. Access to corrective processes5. Incentivise
  19. 19. Warning……..Warning……..for 50 years wehave known :•Knowledge does notequal behavior change•Desire does equalbehavior change•Even when we getbehaviour change, it isoften short lived
  20. 20. 3. Help each employee understandhowhow to create and sustain change:1. Personalised change strategy2. Train in resilience tools
  21. 21. 3.1 Create apersonalisedchangestrategy(How)... for exampleweight loss
  22. 22. At the moment he has avery strict diet that works fora period...... and then........
  23. 23. ...pigging out, feeling...pigging out, feelinglike a failure and thenlike a failure and thenabandoning the dietabandoning the diet
  24. 24. An alternate strategy is needed tomake and sustain behaviourchange
  25. 25. Weight lossStep 1: What? Lose 20kg weightStep 2: Doing now? Very strict diet leading tohunger followed by bingingStep 3: Fear if did opposite? Only dramatic dietswill work for meStep 4: Assumption? I lack will power to stick toa diet for the long runStep 5: Small step? Test the assumption with agentle and gradual diet for a short period
  26. 26. 3.2 Train resilience tools (How)
  27. 27. Life meaning: meaning making andstrengthsSelf management: perspective,positive feelings and realistic optimismCoping style: action orientated andsocial supportElements of resilience
  28. 28. •Meaning making•Using strengths•Maintaining perspective•Generating positive feelings•Having realistic optimism•Reaching out to othersResilience tools:
  29. 29. • Coping with change• Keeps stress positive........ sustains wellness behaviour changeBuilding Resilience tools enable:
  30. 30. In summary:1. Link strategy toimprovement in indices2. Fund budget bysavings3.Focus on the why andwhat of personalwellness change4. Provide resiliencetraining in the how ofsustaining personalwellness changeYou areourheroes!
  31. 31. Why wellness strategiesfail ....... and how to make themworkRod 456 0819