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Study Finds Wellbeing Programs Achieve Only 20% Take-up – 1 Easy Solution

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
Workplace Wellbeing
A recent study has shown that participation in workplace well-being programs is only 20%.  In our experience this is because workplace well-being programs are being implemented without paying any attention to the change management lessons we’ve learnt over the last couple of decades. Our programs achieve much higher participation rates, and much better long-term behavioural change.  Why?
Because our programs give each and every employee they’re own personal well-being plan.  This means that it becomes their well-being plan, not the organisation’s and not yet another corporate initiative foisted on them.  It’s basic change management.The reason you don’t hear about it from your well-being provider is because most of them are there to sell you programs – not to improve well-being.  Call up a few and see for yourself.  There’s rarely any strategy, and I don’t know of any that understand, or apply basic change management principles.  We think we are the exception :-).
See the full study here:  Employee Wellness High on Workplace Agenda – Report | Pro Bono Australia

Call us a call if you’d like to lift your participation rates.


Friday, August 10th, 2012
Workplace Wellbeing

From HR Morning:

According to the American Journal of Health Promotion’s in-depth analysis, employers with work site health promotion programs see on average:

  • a 27% reduction in sick leave absenteeism
  • 26% reduction in health costs, and
  • 32% decrease in workers’ compensation and disability claims.

But the most important finding has to do with all-around wellness ROI. For every dollar invested in wellness, employers saw an average savings of $5.81 due to improved employee health and reduced medical claims. That’s significantly higher than the wellness ROI figures of $3 to $4 for every dollar invested that are more commonly reported.

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Fun Helps Change and Learning

Friday, December 10th, 2010
Workplace Wellbeing

It should be pretty obvious to you by now that we believe having fun is a better way to change behaviour than a negative, deficit-based approach (see our YouTube testimonials and clips ). It ties in with our belief that happy people are more effective at work and in their personal lives. There’s plenty of scientific evidence for that and a growing body of practice including Appreciative Inquiry (AI) and Innovative Positive Organisational Development (IPOD). Now IPOD and AI probably don’t sound like very “fun” words to you (we’re geeks and love this subject) so we’re going to make it fun for you to understand. Just watch this clip read on below. Notice how many more people take the stairs after the change ….

It does remind me of the maths teacher reported in the Melbourne Age that who brought a dog into class and found that all the students’ marks went up. People are attracted to what makes them feel good and avoid that which makes them feel bad (oh what a surprise *lol*). Not everything can be lighthearted but things have gone too far the other way – there is an epidemic of seriousness. Workplaces and jobs can be much more fun. Workshops, especially, should be fun to make people receptive to new messages and help learning. That is if you want people to want to be there. And we wonder how to engage our people!