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Short-Term Wellness Committees Keep Plans on Track

The tendency is to recruit the most qualified committee members and hang on to them for long periods of time, but the new idea is that companies need wellness committees that don’t last.

Experts now suggest that large organizations limit the size of their committee to 20 people broken into four teams of four or five subcommittee members that tackle a specific project, which can be completed in three months or less. When a specific project is complete the committee will disband and a new committee will take over.

Another recommendation is limiting individuals to just one term in any two-year period. This idea suggests intense bursts of work are followed by time off for rest. Individuals that serve on long-term committees often see their performance as a marathon, where there is often no end in sight and the approach is to work continuously without stopping. In comparison, short-term committees allow members to sprint towards a performance goal. This allows employees to give it their all and when they are done they can renew and refuel their energy.

For a committee that demonstrates the fuel necessary to engage employees and accomplish the tasks at hand experts suggest hiring for passion. Passion and energy is often a greater predictor of volunteer success than background.

Employees may already know wellness initiatives demonstrate that their company is committed to leading them to better health. An energetic and dedicated wellness committee that brings together a variety of talents and perspectives while enhancing the credibility of the program is also essential.

Article Reference: http://www.workforce.com/articles/20231-dont-let-wellness-panels-grow-fat-and-lazy-experts

Posted by Tara Hill at 11:16 AM

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