Five Essentials For A Successful Wellness Program

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    You want to get a wellness program up and running in your organization. But without these 5 essential elements, your efforts will be wasted!

    According to the numbers, wellness programs don’t seem to work too well. Not because they don’t actually work. In fact, in a broad range of studies, five common traits were found in successful wellness programs.

    Let us show you how you can ensure that your company develops a healthy, successful culture of wellness.

    1. Clear messaging and company-wide outreach from your organization’s leadership

    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the head controls the body, so it is with your company or organization. As the CEO/President/Management, your attitudes and actions will have a trickle-down effect. If you lead, your organization will follow.

    As Mahatma Gandhi said, Be the change you want to see in the world”.

    1. Convenience and accessibility

    It’s simple, if you make wellness activities accessible, they’re more likely to be used.

    It doesn’t make any sense to sign up for an executive program at the snazzy gym that’s half way across town. When people get off work, they have lives to live, children to feed, spouses, extra-curricular activities. In today’s crazy pace, there never seems to be enough time.

    Plus, a lot of people like to squeeze in a workout at lunch. If they can. A forty-five minute drive to the gym, plus the workout and forty five minutes back doesn’t quite fit into that hour long lunch break.

    1. Prioritization by Senior Management

    Bluntly put, if Senior Management doesn’t care, the folks below them won’t care. This ties in with the first point. We’ve all heard about how things tend to roll downhill. It starts at the top, then trickles down to management.

    Statistically, this is one of the strongest factors in facilitating a successful wellness program. Senior Management is closer to the people in your organization who you’re trying to influence for good. Managers can be more hands-on, encouraging and guiding people to the resources they need.

    1. Leveraging Existing Health Plan Resources

    A cursory search of the top four major insurers show that 4 out 4 of these companies offer valuable Wellness resources for their clients.

    These can vary from flyers and brochures promoting employee wellness to on-line programs that can execute health assessments and improvement programs. There are also on-site assessments like flu immunizations and biometric screenings.

    They often offer special rates and wellness coaching and classes.

    1. Employee Feedback

    Approaching wellness with a continued quality improvement attitude is valuable in and of itself. But soliciting feedback from your employees is invaluable.

    If some aspect of your program is not working, ask your employees. They’re the ones that we want to see gain improvements. Sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees.

    Your employees will be the ones taking of advantage of the program. There may be factors that you cannot see. So, give them a little empowerment and a voice, implement the change or changes, then watch your organization get better and better.

    Making wellness a priority in your workplace means healthier, happier and more valuable employees.

    And that’s good for everyone.

     


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    How to Write Ads That SUCK: Part 1

    How to Write Ads That SUCK: Part 1

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    I am going to teach you how to create ads that suck more than a five-story vacuum factory. In truth, most of the ads I see are monuments of major suckitude that virtually ensure their own avoidability. They are either so dull and unimaginative that they become invisible, or so obnoxious that they have people trampling one another to get to the mute button. These kinds of ads have no chance of pausing the scrolling thumb on the social media newsfeed, unless it is to tap the even smaller downward digital thumb of disapproval.

    Follow any of the following suggestions and you’ll be sure to be unfollowed; follow all of them and watch your business go down faster than a fat kid on a seesaw. (By the way, using terms like “fat kid on a seesaw” falls under point #3.)

    1. Look like everyone else.

    In middle school, being the same as everyone else is “safe.” But in the world of advertising, being the same is death. Most businesses think that their ads need to look and sound like ads. The truth is that feeling safe is the least safe position for an advertiser.

    For instance, almost every Realtor I’ve worked with has gone into a fetal position when I’ve suggested not using the ubiquitous headshot. I once had a professional photographer take fun, personable images of a firm’s Realtors. One agent’s photo in particular was fantastic–she and her dog, a very photogenic weimaraner, were both smiling into the camera. It was adorable. Everyone I showed the photo to had the same comment: “I’d work with that realtor!” Unfortunately, she opted instead for the boring, overused formal look because she felt like people wouldn’t think she looked “professional enough.” (Hint: Nobody likes your glamor head shots except you. The rest of us just roll our eyes.)

    So, to suck, make sure your ads look like ads, especially like everyone else’s.

    1. SHOUT!!!

    Use bold, ALL CAPS and multiple exclamation points as often as possible!!!!!! Roy H. Williams, the “Wizard of Ads,” says that “Every beginner’s solution is to put an ‘attention getter’ into the ad. Bright colors, loud noises, exclamation marks, and crazy stunts are the sad little attention getters most often used. The effect on your beautiful customer is much the same as sneaking up behind her and shouting, ‘WATCH OUT!’”

    Cheap tricks like this are just…annoying. As the Wiz says, “Is that any way to start a relationship?”

    1. Cross the line

    There’s a fine line between humor or impact and just plain offensiveness. Cross the line. Go boldly forward like a raging bull in a china shop. If you think it’s funny, go with it! Don’t give it a second thought, consider the sensitivities of your audience, or run it by diverse sources for feedback, and you’re on the superhighway to Sucksville.

    Don’t get me wrong, there is an art to provoking enough controversy and reaction to benefit your business, but it’s risky and it requires a very skilled and experienced professional to pull it off (and sometimes even professionals fall flat on their faces.)

    Damn the torpedoes…and watch your reputation sink.

    More tips on ads that suck to come in a future blog. For now, these three points, properly applied, will produce spectacular failure.

     


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    The Screwtape Emails V – The “Know it All” Deception

    The Screwtape Emails V – The “Know it All” Deception

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    There are right and wrong ways to go about marketing, and the pitfalls are many. A lot can be learned by seeing how not to manage your marketing. This original blog series weaves together an entertaining story that will help you navigate 21st-Century marketing with a view from “the dark side,” as “Screwtape” teaches his apprentice “Wormwood” via email how to sabotage your marketing. Enjoy…

    PART FIVE:
    To: Wormwood
    From: Screwtape
    Subject: The “Know it All” Deception

    My dear Wormwood,

    I’m going to lie to you.

    “The businessperson is the best person to sell their service or product…”

    This falsehood is so burrowed into the minds of businesspeople that it’s often considered a point of common sense. The thinking is that it takes expert, intricate knowledge to effectively reach the consumer. Keep this delusion strong in the Patient and we can sabotage his sales.

    The disgusting truth is that the opposite is often the case—the business owner or specialist not the best person to connect the product with the people. Why? Because the expert is almost always too close to his or her subject matter to effectively sell it. For one thing, they have an inherent bias toward their own business that can come across as less than sincere. Secondly, an owner or expert will almost always use jargon the average person doesn’t fully understand or—closely related—not understand which specific knowledge their audience lacks. Conventional wisdom is to write at the 6th-grade level to keep it simple and understandable. (You must convince the Patient the opposite: that people will be impressed by fancy words and displays of deep product knowledge.)

    So, who is best to sell a product or service? In a word, an outsider. Specifically, someone with sales skills, but not an expert in the field.

    When casting the lead antagonist for the 6th Rocky movie, Rocky Balboa, Sylvester Stallone chose a real boxer over an actor. He explained that he’d rather train a boxer to act than trying to teach an actor to box. In like fashion, it’s easier to inform a salesperson on the essentials of a business than trying to teach a businessperson to sell.

    The main advantage to the outsider is that he or she will see the product or service from the point of view of the consumer, by default. The salesperson will have to “dumb it down” to learn it and in the process, will develop the perfect approach to sell it to consumers. (Of course, the salesperson will have to rely to at least some extent on the knowledge of the client to verify accuracy in the message.)

    The upshot of all this, my dear Wormwood, is that you must at all costs lead the Patient into the “know it all deception”: to believe that he who knows the best sells the best. In this way, the marketing and sales professionals who actually have the training and experience to best connect the business with the consumer, will be disqualified.

    Teach the actor to box, and neither the acting nor the boxing will be good—pretend boxing isn’t boxing. But teach a boxer to act, and they won’t really have to act at all, because they are doing what comes naturally.

    Keep this analogy to yourself, for obvious reasons.

    Your affectionate uncle,

    Screwtape


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    Is Artificial Intelligence the “Magic Bullet?”

    Is Artificial Intelligence the “Magic Bullet?”

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    A.I.…A.I.…A.I., has anyone heard this acronym recently? Anyone, anyone? (LOL!) Yep, there certainly isn’t a lack of conversation and enthusiasm when it comes to the new “outer space” of A.I. and Virtual Reality. Like most business professionals, we appreciate new technology when it adds to the productivity and profitability equation, without miring us in extra useless activities.

    I’m sure you can relate, but I sat in on a A.I. sales support Webinar last week, and for 45 minutes the presenter droned on about the features (not really benefits) of how their A.I. product could serve a sales professional. OMG, talk about being stuck in the weeds! The presentation could have been twenty minutes instead of an hour. The presenter used very eclectic terms, and seemed to think his product was some sort of “magic bullet,” rather than a helpful sales tool.

    Early on in my career, I used to succumb to the ether in the room regarding new technology products. In time, I stepped back to take a second look and ask the question, “is this REALLY going to serve us and our bottom line?” Eight times out of ten, the answer was no. It all seems great at first glance, but we don’t need any more distractions in the sales cycle from what should be a simple, pragmatic process. I’m not trying to diminish those who enjoy a sophisticated sales cycle, but more often than not, a tenured sales team will pull away the minute they see added sales steps that waste their time.

    Here’s the key takeaway: People buy from people they like, not robotic transaction-driven sales professionals, which is why at “The Pond” we always keep relationships #1 in mind.

    What are we really doing in this life if we take the whole human relational factor out of sales? Yes, we love and use A.I. here at SalesFish, but we also recognize it’s a tool, not a magic bullet. The magic bullet is the people in our not-so-ordinary day-to-day work life who drive us crazy, but at the same time make us laugh—the people who are here to offer kind and encouraging words. Without that human interaction, life is empty.

    Call SalesFish today and our high-touch, dedicated team will assist you in assessing your strategic sales goals, and the marketing and sales tactics best suited to your specific needs. And, yes, we will also advise you on the best A.I. tools that actually work and complement the real people in your business!


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