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Steps to implement AMP at your workplace

1. Workplace health assessment- Gather employee data to get a snapshot of the current state of workplace’s health including:

a. individual lifestyle choices

b. work environment (e.g, physical working conditions and social support)

c. organizational culture, policies, and practices toward wellness

 

2. Ambassador- appoint an individual who will provide the strategic direction, leadership, and organization necessary to operationalize the program elements. Responsibilities may include:

a. Serve as a role model and champion

b. Identify a committee to oversee the program

c. Assist in the development of a workplace health improvement plan with goals and strategies

d. Communicate clearly and consistently with all employees

e. Collect data for planning and evaluation

 

3. Develop a workplace plan- Set goals and measureable objectives to implement and an incentive program to increase participation. Establish a communication and marketing plan.

a. A person’s health is a result of both individual actions and the context or environment within which those actions are taken. Employers and employees have many opportunities to influence the work environment to promote health and prevent disease. Changing the environment affects large groups of workers simultaneously and makes adopting healthy behaviors much easier if there are supportive workplace norms and policies. AMP can provide a comprehensive workplace wellness program contains a combination of individual and organizational level strategies and interventions to influence health. The strategies and interventions available fall into four major categories:

b. Health-related Programs – opportunities to begin, change or maintain health behaviors

c. Health-related Policies – formal/informal written statement that protect or promote employee health

d. Health Benefits – part of an overall compensation package including health insurance coverage and other services or discounts regarding health

e. Environmental Supports – the physical factors at and nearby the workplace that help protect and enhance employee health

 

4. Evaluate the program- Measure the effectiveness of the program, how the workplace health program can be sustained over time, participation and satisfaction of employees and management, and its return on investment (ROI). ROI includes reduction in healthcare costs and improved outcomes. Overall goal- Is there a culture of change?

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