For over a decade, companies throughout the U.S. have looked to WELCOA to help them build "Well Workplaces." Even though you may be relatively unfamiliar with the "Well Workplace" concept and model, the entire process is quite straightforward and easy to understand.
In a nutshell, building a well workplace is the pursuit of developing and implementing a results-oriented health promotion initiative at your worksite.
Developed by some of the early pioneers in the WELCOA movement, the process has been streamlined and refined so that which was once awkward and cumbersome, is now routine.
Here's how to get started.
Step #1: Become a WELCOA Member
To get the process started, you have to first become a WELCOA member. The fee for membership is $365 annually. Through WELCOA membership, you'll receive the materials, models, documents, and guidance needed to help your company build a results-oriented wellness initiative.
Step #2: Completion of the Well Workplace Checklist
The next step in the Well Workplace process is to complete the online version of the Well Workplace Checklist. Once you've taken the Checklist, you will be contacted to determine what key programming elements (if any) need to be addressed in order to meet the criteria for a Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum level designation.
Step #3: Implementation of the Well Workplace Model
After completing the Well Workplace Checklist, it's time to get to work implementing the seven critical benchmarks of results-oriented programs. This is where membership is critical. In fact, through your membership you'll receive all of the documents and have access to all of the right important seven benchmarks.
Step #4: Formal Completion of the Well Workplace Application
Once your program has been up and running for 12 months, it's time to begin work on the Well Workplace Application. Through years of experience and input from our previous Award winners, we guarantee that you'll find the application process to be both challenging and stimulating. To request an application, you must be a WELCOA member.
Step #5: Application Review By the Wellness Council of America
Having completed the formal application process, your entire Well Workplace portfolio will be forwarded to the national WELCOA headquarters. The applications are accepted on an ongoing basis; no specific deadlines apply. Once received, your application will undergo intense and thoughtful review. If certain sections need additional documentation and/or clarification, a staff member will work with you to make sure all of the details have been addressed.
Step #6: Notification
All applicants are notified of the Reviewer's decisions within eight weeks of submission. Organizations designated as Well Workplaces will be given a formal Application Review document as well as letters to both the main contact and CEO certifying them as a Well Workplace Award winner.