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January 27, 2016 Amelia Wilcox

Signs of a Workplace Wellness Expert

Workplace wellness leaders are expected to provide concrete ways to keep employees healthy. But to be considered an expert in this field, you’ve got to find ways to make workplace wellness programs rewarding, successful, and even profitable.

Here are 6 things wellness experts like you know all about.

signs you're a workplace wellness expert

6 Things Office Wellness Experts Know


 

1. You’ve Moved Beyond the Gym Pass

You’ve already given employees a gym pass. After all, it’s the basic step to support and encourage employee wellness.

But you know you need to do more than that. In addition to offering a company-paid gym membership, you get creative with ideas on how to maximize that cost. Maybe you offer one of these perks:

  • A flexible work schedule so employees can hit the gym any time during the workday
  • An on site gym or training center
  • Organized fitness support groups, like a walking club or 5K training

Related: The Worst Advice We’ve Ever Heard About Workplace Wellness

 

2. You Keep Company Culture in Mind

To wisely spend company resources on a wellness plan, you know you’ve got to put money where your employees would use it.

When you marry a company wellness initiative with the workplace culture, your program is more likely to be successful. No sense in building a wellness program no one is interested in.

As a savvy workplace wellness professional, you know that you’ve got to build your wellness program around your company culture. And on the flip side, you’ve also got to make sure your culture supports employee wellness in the first place.

 

3. You Keep up With Trends in Workplace Wellness

So you don’t get stuck with decades-old wellness ideas, you know you’ve got to keep up with the latest trends in corporate wellness.

You know what a Fitbit is, you know about offering on site chair massage therapy, and you make it a point to read wellness blogs and attend conferences to keep your skills sharp.

Related: Top 4 Conferences on Company Culture You Can’t Afford to Miss

 

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4. You’re Obsessed with Data

As a rockstar workplace wellness professional, you keep track of all kinds of numbers. This tells you what’s working and what’s not. You know how popular each of your wellness initiatives are, and you know which ones give the best results for employees’ health. 

Since tracking your numbers is a great way to make a case for getting a bigger company budget, you keep track of the return on investment of your wellness program.

Related: Check List for Evaluating Your Workplace Wellness Program

 

5. You Focus on Prevention as Much as Rehabilitation

There are specific programs needed when employees are injured or dealing with chronic health conditions such as diabetes.

But great wellness program leaders also focus on the prevention of health issues, using programs like office massage therapy, meditation, yoga, and other stress reduction programs.

 

6. You Include All Aspects of Wellness

Health and wellness aren’t one-dimensional anymore. You know that keeping employees happy and healthy means more than exercise and nutrition. Some key workplace wellness ideas include emotional support, generous PTO plans, even financial wellness. 

That’s why great company wellness experts keep track of all the ways to keep employees on the right track for their bodies, minds, and souls.

Amelia Wilcox

Amelia Wilcox is the Founder and CEO of Nivati, a leader in corporate massage and employee mental health support since 2010. Her high-growth B2B company provides employee stress management tools that arm businesses with actionable data and positive employee experiences to improve wellbeing, boost morale, and increase engagement.

Amelia has exponentially grown her company from a solo living-room service business to an international technology brand.

Awards
Recently listed as a Forty Under 40, Fast 50, Inc 5000 Twice awarded National Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year

Licenses, Certifications & Memberships
Licensed Massage Therapist since 2002
Member of American Massage Therapy Association
Served on Utah Worksite Wellness Council from 2012-2015

Education
Attended Utah College of Massage Therapy
Educated in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at the University of Utah

Publications
Massage Magazine (AMTA's publication)  

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