Employee Health Coaching
When a company is considering employee health coaching as
part of their wellness program there are a number of factors to consider:
What type of employee health coaching program do
Is this going to be a health coaching program as a follow
up to a health risk assessment? By
where health coaches are reaching out to a segment of your population deemed to
be “high risk?” If that is the case
you will want to make sure that you are on the same page as your provider of
employee health coaching in terms of what constitutes “high risk” and what
percentage of your population will be engaged in the program.
The danger in this approach is that engaging only “high risk”
participants comes at the cost of ignoring “low risk” employees who may also
benefit from employee health coaching.
Low risk employees are the champions of your wellness program.
You want to do everything in your power to keep them low risk.
How to integrate our Employee Health Coaching
One thing you will want to avoid is confusion for
employees. You don’t want them to
have to speak with different health coaches for different things at different
points throughout the program.
Choose one health coaching company who can take care of all of your health
coaching needs. A good employee
health coaching company should be able to provide you with options so that you
can provide the services necessary for your population.
In addition to high risk health coaching, what
else should we offer?
High risk is usually where companies look to start,
however, there are many other types of employee health coaching that companies
should offer. Health coaching for
lifestyle behaviors are also essential components of a good wellness program
strategy. Tobacco cessation, weight
loss / nutrition, stress management, fitness, and sleep enhancement are all
areas that a health coach can help with.