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Team Wellness Challenge Checklist Released by Health Enhancement Systems
Date:6/15/2013

eam wellness challenge can enhance population health and create a better overall workplace environment. However, as the guideline also points out, many programs are currently failing to focus on the most important aspects team wellness campaigns.

“Too often team wellness challenges turn into hostile interdepartmental competitions cheapened by financial rewards,” explains Witherspoon. “At Health Enhancement Systems (HealthEnhancementSystems.com), we believe in intrinsic motivation. By keeping recognition of achievements simple and team oriented, team wellness programs have a better chance of inspiring employees to make lasting improvements to their health practices.”

The Health Enhancement Systems guideline summarizes several additional ingredients for strong team wellness campaigns:

  • Set challenging, yet achievable team wellness goals as the measure of success. Objectives should be entirely group focused, with each participant having a meaningful role in contributing to the team’s overall success.
  • Put team progress front and center. Update data in real time as much as possible so teams can view their progress in relation to others. Focus on improvement to keep the emphasis on health rather than winning/losing.
  • Highlight achievements of the average participant. While the exploits of an uber- competitive VP of Finance may have interest to the rest of your organization’s triathletes, more people will be able to relate to the 15-year employee on the line who finally turned a corner through the support of teammates and coworkers.

Also underscored in Team Wellness Challenges: 10 Keys to Success is limiting team sizes. While large teams of more than 10 members can lead to “social loafing” — slacking off and not f
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