by Dean Witherspoon   Dean's profile on LinkedIn  

If you guessed eat right, exercise, and get 8 hours of sleep, you’re partly right, but in this instance we’re talking about the important work of managing a function charged with improving a population’s health and quality of life — which is only slightly more difficult than building the International Space Station.

  • Cultivate your network. It’s not about how many LinkedIn connections you can make, but a personal bond with individuals and groups where reciprocity is the foundation. The strongest managers enter these relationships without expecting anything in return for their help or support. Ironically, this selfless approach is precisely what allows them to get the most out of their network.
by Dean Witherspoon   Dean's profile on LinkedIn  

But you do need to know how to get them. Here’s how:

  • Manage expectations to start. Let your team know where you feel you’re strong and where you’re not an expert. In all instances, you’ll be seeking their input on important decisions and want to take full advantage of their experience and expertise.
  • Say “I don’t know…” when it’s true. Don’t try to fake it until you make it. Follow the statement with “… but I’ll find out — where would you suggest I start?” In most instances, your boss will have an idea to get you rolling, and even if that leads down a blind alley, it’s one less place the answer doesn’t exist.

Employee wellness recruitment efforts:  January is a great time to ramp up.

Why not plan for an all-out January blitz to get more people than ever involved in your employee wellness program? You’ll have greater overall success with high initial participation — though it’s not the only measure — than low participation and high completion. Here are 5 steps:

  • Define specific objectives. The first step in any wellness campaign is outlining precise goals.
  • Create a central theme. Staff, wellness committee members, managers, volunteers, and contractors need a rallying point. A logo, slogan, and image that make the campaign instantly recognizable will encourage a feeling of teamwork. A few ideas:
by Dean Witherspoon   Dean's profile on LinkedIn  

Maybe you’re the problem.

When you consider the current well-being mantra — all about trusting, supportive environments — it’s ironic how many wellness folks we meet with a basic mistrust of colleagues. If you’re among them, and convinced it’s not your problem but theirs, maybe it’s time for closer examination of how you’re going about your business. Start by asking a few questions:

  • Are you sending mixed signals? Nothing frustrates coworkers more than conflicting information from Monday to Tuesday. Consistency in objectives, plans, and messages has a grounding effect that allows your colleagues to work from a solid foundation and feel like they’re contributing to something meaningful. That doesn’t mean you can never change direction. It simply means that when you do, you go to great lengths to communicate why — well before the ground shifts.