How to Organize a Workplace Health Fair
Phase I - Pre-Planning
Pre-planning may be the most important component in planning a health fair. The success of your health fair is largely dependant upon this phase. It is suggested that you begin the following 5 steps at least 3 months prior to your event.
Step 1- Obtain Management Support
Organizing a health fair takes time and may also involve additional expenses. It’s important not only to gain management support and commitment, but to also determine which outcomes senior management would like to see and incorporate those ideas into your goals and objectives.
When working to get management buy-in, it will help to bring on a champion for the event; a senior executive who believes in the importance of workplace health promotion. Together, you and this champion will convey to management the benefits of this health fair.
Benefits of hosting a health fair include:
- the opportunity to demonstrate your supportive workplace environment
- conveying to employees that the company values their health and well-being (employees who feel valued tend to be happier, engaged and more productive).
- possible health issues may be detected at a booth offering free screening
- the ability to positively influence employee health which can also lead to improved productivity
Step 2 - Set Goals and Objectives