What is Wellness Inclusion?

April 17, 2018

By Joyce Odidison

April 17, 2018

By Joyce Odidison

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 many variables that impact participation, a wellness inclusion framework expands on all the wellness dimensions and adds wellness competencies to the equation. This helps 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 to optimize current wellness initiatives. It broadens the scope of wellness programming, activities, and influences the range of available resources, 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 wellness improvement system for over a decade.

The first step to ensure your organization is practicing wellness inclusion is to assess or evaluate what you are doing. This allows you to make quick adjustments and address any gaps that would make you none compliant with 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

About the author

Joyce Odidison is a Conflict Analyst, Speaker, Author, thought leader, and the world’s leading expert on the Wellness Competency Alignment concept to improve and measure wellness behaviours in organizations. Joyce is President & CEO of Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc. for over 25. She is Founder of the Global Workplace Wellness Summit and What’s Happening at Work podcast. Joyce is the author of six books. She has Founded and leads Coach Velocity School of Coaching, an approved program by the International Coach Federation (ICF). She is the Publisher of Faces of Workplace Wellness Magazine. Joyce is a C-Suite level workplace wellness expert and corporate trainer driving inclusive workplace wellness strategies for organizations globally. She can be reached at phone 1 877 999-9591 www.interpersonalwellness.com

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