I'd like to walk into this interview having done as much research as I can so I would love your thoughts on workplace wellness programs that you have experienced.
What programs did you find helpful?
What incentives to participate worked the best?
What makes you feel resistant to participating?
Did you feel like your privacy was violated with excessive personal questions or testing?
If you are in HR, what regulations affect workplace wellness programs that I should be up on?
How does the HR person interact with the wellness coordinator?
Please share I am all ears. Thank you so much!
Getting money into my HRA to cover my deductible expenses is a HUGE incentive for me. Because of the program I started walking at lunch last year to get my exercise points. I probably would not have done that otherwise.
I have worked in the corporate world for 25 years and honestly this is the first time I have participated in any of the wellness programs. Previous ones were generally lame and had very little incentive unless you were the "winner" (i.e., lose the most weight, log the most miles running,...). With this program, everybody who participates at a certain level "wins".
My company also covers the membership cost if you join the gym in the office building (but not other gyms). The people who live close to the office really like that, but those who commute generally don;t use it because it is not convenient.
One company I worked for had lunch time yoga in a conference room which I loved. They offered to pay $25/month for any gym membership. I used that. If you worked out at lunch you got an extra 30 minutes. a LOT of people used that.
My SOs company has a reduction in health care premiums if you do certain things like have bloodwork and weight checked. Not absolutes just that you have it done once a year.
I know one company that offered Friday afternoon seminars monthly on a variety of topics. Nutrition, stress management, weight loss, ect. They weren't very popular at first until word got around that the presenter was entertaining and informative. That same company also had 'international' potlucks and recipe challenges for lunch for lunch once a month that were really fun.
I think its a 'know your audience' type of thing. If this company is really committed to a progressive health and wellness attitude you're going to do great!
“Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves - regret for the past and fear of the future.” -foulton oursler
I am gluten free for health reasons. This company produces a product that contains gluten so I do not consume it. Is this a dealbreaker? I think I will not bring it up in the first interview. If a second interview is offered I will think more about it.
I'm the type that doesn't get too excited so I don't waste energy for something that doesn't come through. But I am looking forward to this interview. Fingers crossed.
Also wondering what to wear!
[This message edited by InnerLight at 5:51 PM, February 17th (Monday)]
If you worked out at lunch you got an extra 30 minutes. a LOT of people used that.
reduction in health care premiums if you do certain things like have bloodwork and weight checked.
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Yesterday I talked to the FIL of a friend who works there and asked him lots of questions about the corporate culture. It's a very progressive, environmentally conscious company that takes good care of the staff. They have an in-house doctor, acupuncturist, massage therapist, healthy snack vending machines, nutritionist, online wellness portal. The company is larger than I thought, 1,000 or so employees. They offer a generous 401K and education reimbursement.
It sure would change my life to have a great job with great benefits doing something I am good at where I can really grow and get even more excellent at.
I am opening to this turning out well for me!
I really want this job, I really am jazzed about this company, I feel like I would blend well and be able to excel and contribute a lot. It is so rare that this kind of job comes up. One that includes advanced bodywork and nutrition and the ability to set health programming.
Call back calls next week. 2nd interview would include the doctor on staff so I will bone up (no pun intended) on my anatomy and phys. I think there might be a 3rd interview, not sure.
Almost 6years after D Day I still have lingering issues about financial security so this could be a piece of the puzzle that really helps me put the trauma of the divorce behind me.
mojo mojo mojo mojo mojo!!!!!
I asked if they would be interested in me participating in their on site clinic on a PT contract basis and she sounded positive about that, she liked my experience w stress management and mindfulness. Of course nothing definite but the door is open a little crack.
It's a bummer but I will continue w my students and my own clients. It would have been hard to say goodbye to them. I will just have to keep working on making being self employed more financially secure.
So sorry that they said it was a no go. Did they give you any specifics other than that there were better candidates? Can you refute any of those specifics?
If so, write a thank you e-mail that you send to everyone who interviewed you and spell out why this would not be an issue but that you have much to bring to the table and lay out additional specifics. Or spell out the value you bring by working PT in their clinic.
Either way, make sure to thank everyone for their time and close by wishing the company and them all individually much success regardless of the outcome. It may open that door more than a crack.
I did this for my last interview and within 24 hours I went from "We cannot move forward" to being in a close 2nd place. I didn't get the job but the company struggled in making their decision and when I saw the qualifications of the person who was hired, I agreed that I would have hired him, too.
Feel free to PM me if you want help putting this together.
"Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway." - Aubrie