Wellness committee members are typically outgoing, enthusiastic, creative, and cheerful people who possess excellent communication and leadership skills. Employees from all levels and departments of the organization should be invited to participate in planning the wellness program. Consider recruiting employees who have skills in planning, communications, networking, and evaluating, along with an interest in learning more about health and wellness. Ideally, committee members have a mandate to carry out the initiative, are highly visible in the organization and are personally interested in workplace health. The number of employees you recruit is dependent on your workplace. Figure out a number that works for your organization and aim for that!
There are different approaches you can take to recruiting members of your wellness committee. Try one method or a few. Try including a volunteer description along with your request so employees know what will be expected of them.
- Send out a request for volunteers. Leverage your internal communication channels and send out a request for wellness committee volunteers. Include the volunteer description.
- Strategically recruit members based on individual skill sets or interests.
- Include the role of wellness committee representative in job descriptions.
- Request suggestions from supervisors and managers.
For more information on forming a wellness committee, download this committee guide from Eat Smart, Move More.