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