What is Wellness Inclusion?

By Joyce Odidison

Apr 17


Do You Have a Wellness Inclusion Plan?

With a margin of only 20 to 40 percent of employees participating in their workplace wellness programs, many employers will not see a return on investment as quickly as they hoped. According to a Rand 2015 study, employee participation rate hovers at only 20 percent, with that number doubling to only 40 percent when incentives are introduced.

While their are many variables that impact participation, a wellness inclusion framework expands on all the wellness dimensions and add wellness competencies to the equation. This help organizations to maximize the wellness spend and allow for a more powerful mindset shift about wellness. This expansive approach to wellness is more compelling, garners more interest of employees and is more inclusive to all aspects of work and life wellness.

Wellness inclusion allows for a more comprehensive, full spectrum approach that will optimize current wellness initiatives. It broadens the scope of wellness programming, activities, and influences the range of resources made available, so they are more of all people, regardless of their culture, values, religious beliefs, or preferences, thus creating more opportunities for participation.

Wellness Inclusion at work ensures that your workplace wellness program is not geared to the out-door enthusiasts, marathoners, dieters, or exercise fans. It offers an expansive representation of all life dimensions and realities. Since wellness is a universal need, inclusive wellness ensures that you take into consideration barriers, offer alternatives and contingencies, so all employees have an opportunity to benefit from the workplace wellness initiative.

At Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc, we have been helping our clients implement wellness inclusion with our whole system wellness improvement system for more than a decade.

The first step to ensure your organization is practicing wellness inclusion is to have an assessment or evaluation of what you are doing. This allows you to make quick adjustments and address any gaps that would make you none compliant to the need for wellness inclusion.

To get a free Wellness Inclusion assessment of your workplace wellness programs give us a call at 1-877-999-9591.


To your wellness,

Joyce Odidison

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About the Author

Joyce Odidison is a Conflict Analyst, Coach, and founder of Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc. & Coaching Institute. She consults, teaches and coaches with mid-career professionals and organizations to improve performance within the workplace. She can be reached at admin@interpersonalwellness.com or by phone at: 1-877-999-9591.

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