Workplace Wellness Program

Optimizing the Health Message with Wellness Champions

Wellness Champions

It goes without saying that a wellness program is the centerpiece of employee welfare. Isn’t it crucial for organizations to understand what kind of wellness programs are best suited for its employees?

It is very important to have the right people involved in a wellness initiative. It should come with the right support systems. If these are missing, the organization will realize that the messages it sends concerning wellness can lose their meaning or intent. When communication is not up to the mark, the whole wellness program falls flat and becomes a dud. It fails to elicit participation from the required employees.

It is thus important to ensure that wellness programs bring together likeminded people by offering them the opportunity to fulfill the same mission.

The ways by which organizations can send out the right message concerning wellness programs, how they can bring the right people towards such programs, and all other aspects of a wellness program will be the learning a webinar from TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for all the areas of human resources, is offering.

Meaghan Jansen, who owns the Canada-based Employee Wellness Solutions Network (ewsnetwork.com), will offer valuable insights into this topic at this webinar by being its expert. To enroll for this webinar, which is being organized on August 8, please visit https://www.trainhr.com/webinar/optimizing-the-health-message-with-wellness-champions-702498LIVE.

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Meaghan will show the means by which a wellness program can be optimized. These include ensuring that the right people are in place to help spread the message, sharing wellness memos, helping to facilitate team challenges, brainstorming on program design, and helping execute the strategy. These are some of the ingredients to making the wellness program a success. These measures can increase the participation rates, which help in making the workplace a more engaged one.

At this webinar, which is of sixty minutes’ duration, Meaghan will cover the following areas:

  • Who is a Wellness Champion?
  • How do you Recruit Wellness Champions?
  • What are the Main Roles?
  • How does a Wellness Team Motivate?
  • Peer Influence Support

This learning session is aimed at the benefit of personnel that are part of a wellness program, such as human resources, wellness champions within a workplace, person responsible for coordinating internal wellness program, executive leaders and employee benefits consultants/brokers.

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About the expert: At her Canadian employee and corporate wellness company, Meaghan and her husband present ways of optimizing and messaging wellness programs all over the world.

She is an interest group leader with the International Association for Workplace Health Promotion, a presenter for American College of Sports Medicine and an advisory board member of the Canadian Academy of Lifestyle Medicine.

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Human Resources Training, Workplace Wellness Program

Implementing the Affordable Care Act, GINA, and other Discrimination Laws into your Wellness Program

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Wellness programs have come a long way from being a set of activities consisting of a newsletter, or, incentives for exercising and taking a look at one’s diet, to something of a holistic strategy that actively intervenes in promoting the health and wellbeing of the employee and decreasing the employer’s healthcare costs.

Traditionally, wellness programs have been seen as a benefit for the employee. These programs aim to incentivize employee participation with the wellness programs and reward them based on their level of involvement. However, in the process, most wellness programs have given way to some another kind of discrimination based on the employees’ special class, such as disability, race, or gender.

While the evolution of wellness programs is certainly a positive thing to have happened for the workforce, designing them in a manner that transcends these limitations is the need of the hour. This makes it imperative for organizations to put in place a wellness strategy that is non-discriminatory towards all their employees.

Laws such as the ADA, GINA, FMLA, and other civil rights laws, along with other new federal regulations, have emphasized the role of nondiscriminatory wellness plans in organizations. Regulations from the U. S. Department of Labor (DoL), the Treasury, and Health and Human Services (HHS) make it mandatory for every individual participating to be able to receive the full amount of any reward or incentive, regardless of any health factor or the type of wellness program,

Further, new regulations have divided wellness programs into two types with specific rules for each. A highlight of the regulations is that they address the issue of employee discrimination based on health/disability, age, gender and other protected classes. These laws have created specific regulations to prevent employee discrimination in wellness programs. From January 1, 2014 onwards, employers have been required to ensure that their wellness programs comply with the final rule.

A webinar from TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for human resources, will set these issues in the proper perspective. Susan Strauss, a national and international speaker, trainer, consultant and a recognized expert on workplace and school harassment and bullying, will be the speaker at this ninety-minute webinar, which is being organized on May 17.

Please visit  http://bit.ly/2PW8uaV to enroll for this webinar and gain clear insights into how to implement a nondiscriminatory and legally compliant set of employee wellness programs into your organization.

This webinar has been approved for 1.5 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

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The aim of this learning session is to specifically help participants differentiate between the two types of wellness programs. While doing so, Dr. Strauss will explain why the knowledge of the ways by which these two types of wellness programs is important. She will list and explain the four standards required by the ACA for health-contingent wellness programs to follow to ensure nondiscrimination.

She will take up HIPAA and specific discrimination laws for discussion and explain the requirements for their compliance in wellness programs. Participants will be able to understand the difference between the reasonable alternative standard for activity-based wellness programs and the reasonable alternative standard for outcome-based plans. Dr. Strauss will also show the steps that the participants of this webinar can take to strategically plan a comprehensive wellness program.

She will cover the following areas at this webinar:

  • provide examples of how wellness programs have resulted in discrimination lawsuits
  • explain the role that the ADA, GINA, FMLA, and other civil rights laws play in the design and development of your wellness strategy
  • provide specific examples of the alternative standards and why they are mandatory
  • list the benefits of a Wellness strategy to minimize healthcare costs for the organization and the employee
  • discuss the critical steps in designing and developing the Wellness strategy
  • plan an effective organization-wide implementation process
  • Establish an effective evaluation method of the Wellness program.

 

Personnel who are closely involved in employee wellness programs, such as CFO’s, Wellness Directors, Risk Management Directors, Occupational Health Nurses, Employers and Business owners, and Human Resources Specialists and Managers will benefit from this course in a big way.

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About the speaker:

Dr. Susan Strauss conducts harassment and bullying investigations and functions as an expert witness in harassment and bullying lawsuits. The popularity of these exercises can be gauged from the vast spectrum of sectors that her clients hail from: business, education, healthcare, law, and government organizations from both the public and private sector.

She has conducted research, written over 30 books, book chapters, and journal articles on harassment, bullying, and related topics. She appears on television and radio programs and is frequently interviewed for newspaper and journal articles.