TOOL How to Assess What Employees Want in a Health-Promotion Program

A first step in developing a health-promotion program is finding out what employees want. A Wellness Council of America sample survey can guide companies in devising their own surveys.

January 9, 2009

Your company wants to promote health and well-being among employees with a comprehensive program. It could include disease prevention, exercise equipment and stress management. But how do you decide what to include? The Wellness Council of America, whose mission is to help organizations develop wellness programs, suggests: Ask.

Ask your employees what they want. The council has on its site a sample survey that can be used as a guide in devising your own instrument as a first step in either developing or changing your company’s program. The survey includes among its choices employee assistance programs, educational programs, screening programs and nutrition programs.