How to Create Wellness Champions

Cultivating support for workplace wellness programs is no easy task. Although some of us (myself included) view this challenge as a solo mission, employee participation is paramount to program success—it simply cannot be done alone. Especially in larger organizations and/or those with multiple locations, I would argue it’s impossible without the help of wellness champions. Lucky for us, wellness champions are made, not born.

Now, don’t make the mistake of assuming your wellness champions must be the “picture of health.” These are NOT just people in the office who exclusively eat salads or are fitness gurus. The goal is for this group to represent their fellow colleagues. And the fact is, well-being looks different for each and every person. A group of people who all appear to be health nuts, while positive, can often be intimidating to folks interested in testing the wellness waters. Also, it’s just plain unrealistic!

Creating wellness champions in the workplace is like planting a garden: Pick and sow your seeds; provide lots of water, sunlight, and nutrients; and watch them grow. But if you need a little more guidance, here are some tips to get started:

Let’s not forget these champions will need to rally together, and meetings are imperative. Organizations just starting to introduce the concept of wellness champions may want to hold meetings more often than those with an established group. Getting your team on the same page and putting these concepts into practice will send you well on your way to growing your wellness champions.