Lucille bleekers and Angela Steel discuss the behaviour change model that underpins SuperWellness’s wellbeing programmes.
The SuperWellness Challenge and 6-week Kickstart programmes are underpinned by the Transtheoretical Model of Behaviour Change.
6 stages of change
According to research, there are six stages we go through in order to make a lasting change, for example giving up smoking, and failing is a natural part of any process of change.
Our programmes aim to create a safe space to support employees on their individual journeys and our approach prioritises coaching over ‘telling’. We aim to guide participants to find the solution that works for them. We share knowledge and eye-opening information to enable them to make an informed choice.
Goal setting can be very effective although not everyone is motivated by goals. Goals work best when they are SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound) and linked to behaviour rather than results that are harder to control. For example, setting the goal to go for a brisk 20 minute walk every lunchtime works better than setting a general goal to lose weight.
It can be very encouraging for participants to be accountable to someone. Whether it’s the SuperWellness team running the programme, or a buddy. Group coaching is espcially effective because it allows people to bounce off one another and share positive things but also challenges and struggles. We all tend to beat ourselves up about what we eat, drink, how much we exercise… and a supportive environment is essential to help us get through the bad days and feel good enough to get back on track, instead of giving up.
What does this mean for employers?
It’s an opportunity to embrace a different approach to wellbeing. A programme based on a proven behaviour change model means it’s possible for organisations to support their employees to make lasting changes for the better. It provides a framework that guides individuals along the six stages needed to make a difference, and ultimately provide measurable results both in terms of health and benefits for the organisation.
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