5 Words and Phrases To Boost Engagement In Your Wellness Program
While high engagement numbers rest upon lots of different components, using the correct words to describe your wellness program and excite your employees is a powerful way to get started. I’m constantly thinking about ways to appeal to all different kinds of people, so I’ve amassed a powerful little arsenal of key words and phrases that come to my rescue every single time. No reason to keep it all to myself, though! Below, check out five words and phrases that will boost engagement in your wellness program:
1. Let’s- Offset fears and cold feet by starting wellness suggestions with “let’s.” The reasoning is simple: by implying that you will be along for the ride as well, people feel supported and less intimidated to try something new or difficult. “Let’s train for a 5k” sounds so much better than “Train for a 5k,” doesn’t it? Usher people along with you and you’ll swell the ranks.
2. Every bit counts – The idea of sweeping changes or large interventions can be extremely off-putting. Most people like their lives just fine, thank you! But for those toying with the idea of change, it’s important to emphasize that, incremental alterations matter just as much as those that are life-altering. By applauding those who start small, you’ll see big results.
3. Habit – By suggesting that your employees create new habits rather than uproot their current routines, you’ll make lifestyle change seem manageable and unthreatening. And that’s really what we’re doing, right? All of our wellness interventions are intended to reinforce or introduce good behaviors, hopefully easing them into people’s lives for good. Habits don’t make splashy entrances like 30 pound weight losses do, but they’re sustainable and possible for everyone.
4. Goal – Asking your employees to approach wellness with a goal in mind makes it accessible to everyone. Goals vary widely, obviously, based on experience, ambition, and necessity, but by allowing those who are unused to managing their health the ability to move slowly while those who have a long history of healthy behavior forge ahead, you’ll appeal to your entire workforce. Proper goal setting has also been proven to enhance engagement and retention.
5. Do it together – No one wants to go it alone. Make sure your employees know that they’ll be supported the whole way through, and you’ll get people to sign up. This won’t necessarily mean more work for you, either. Togetherness implies your entire company and community, allowing peers to cheer each other on and support each other through tough moments. Make health social, and you’ll make it successful.