Designing Programs

Begin by building on what you have. Review existing policies and programs, assess the information that you have to identify needs and priorities that fit your business. It can be as simple as asking employees what they need to help facilitate program development and employee engagement.

The assessment is the key. That’s where we get good information about risks for our population that we can help them with. We can tailor programs for.

—Nancy Shy, Director of Administration, EF Johnson Technologies

The first thing we do for new safety policies and initiatives is to get a group together to establish what is appropriate.

—Chris Mann, Senior Manager, ALMACO

Give the incentives, the small incentives. They aren’t going to change anybody’s life, but they are something to work for and we can take a great deal of pride in.

—Bob Ziemer, Chief of Police, Lincoln Airport Authority

Related Resources

Resources for Committees
Mission Statements: Information on developing a mission statement or reshaping an existing statement with examples to get started.

Total Worker Health Committee By-Laws: Sample working draft of committee by-laws for an integrated safety and wellness committee, developed by Lincoln Airport Authority.

Evaluation Resources for Assessing the Current Landscape-Getting Baseline Data
Health Risk Assessments (HRAs): Information on the benefits to employers and employees for using an HRA as part of an integrated health and safety program.

Related HRA Resources: Links to resources to help determine if and how to use a Health Risk Assessment

Conducting a Safety & Health Checkup: eTool developed by OSHA to assess your company’s safety and health system with sections on management leadership/employee involvement, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control; and safety and health training.

CDC Worksite Health Scorecard: A tool for employers to assess their current state of health and safety programs, identify gaps and prioritize high-impact strategies to prevent injuries, heart disease, stroke, and related diseases.

CDC Health and Safety Climate Survey (INPUTS™): Short survey to assess employee perceptions of the work environment, working conditions and attitudes towards supervisors and coworkers for developing a healthy worksite culture.

Employee Needs & Interest Survey: Short survey to assess what types of well-being programs employees are interested in. Tool is free to download from WELCOA, but requires you to submit your email address.

CDC “Healthy Days Measure”: Short survey with 14 questions to assess individual’s health-related quality of life. Questionnaire is available in English and Spanish.

Resources for Incentives-based Programming
Types of Incentives: Ideas for small incentives to increase participation and rewards related to employee insurance and benefits.

Determining the Incentive Amount : Questions to ask before determining the right amount of incentive to provide. Guidance provided by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).

Points-based incentives Program: Downloadable example of a points based incentives program developed by the Amana Society in Iowa.

ACA Final Regulations for Incentives-based Wellness Programs: A translated version of the ACA final regulations provides definitions and examples for both participatory and health-contingent wellness programs.

Total Worker Health Topics In-Depth: Supplementary video series where experts and small business industry leaders share their expertise, tips and experiences on important topics related to Total Worker Health.

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