As a very diverse company, Essendant was challenged to identify a common theme – the essentials – that would help improve the long-term health and well-being of its 6,400 employees.
One of Essendant’s first steps was to bring Amy Hoffberg on to the StayWell team as the onsite program resource. Hoffberg had worked with Essendant in her role with the previous wellness provider, and her knowledge and insights into the company’s variety of cultures have been invaluable as the revitalized program was rolled out. Recruiting and supporting a group of wellness champions was one of the StayWell strategies that Hoffberg used to build employee support for the new wellness program. The company now has 53 wellness champions at facilities across the country.
Essendant wellness champions are supported in several ways, including:
- Quarterly 1:1 calls give champions the opportunity for a personal conversation.
- Monthly email to champions with rundown of new communications materials.
- Two webinars they can dial into each month (two optional times), attendance: 25 in 2015 and 41 in 2016. Attribute much of the increase to the 1:1 calls and increased support from the human resource managers.
- Hoffberg presented to the human resource managers earlier this year and since then, managers are getting more involved by supporting onsite wellness activities and even becoming wellness champions themselves.
- Essendant “wellness council members” help the champions with communications; become a voice of the associates and attend wellness champion meetings. The number of champions per location varies depending on size of that facility.
Wellness champions are often operations managers or shift managers or other types of Essendant front line workers. They attend monthly webinars, communicate details about the incentive program, and implement the activities requested by associates and Hoffberg. Champions add location-specific activities to the wellness calendar based on input from fellow associates and wellness council members.
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