Build Awareness & Support
This is an H3
- To gain support from the workplace
It is important to obtain support from your workplace in order for the policy to be smoothly adopted and widely implemented.
Circulate the draft policy recommendations to supervisors, employees, human resources, and administrators. Consider their recommendations while developing the policy.
Tips for Engaging Policymakers
Adopted from NASBE’s Fit, Healthy and Ready to Learn, A School Health Policy Guide
- Note serious problems and needs but emphasize proposed solutions and policy options
- From the outset, be forthcoming about anticipated costs
- Articulate measurable, short-term benefits, such as effects on employee attendance
- Use current data from credible sources as justification
- Stress how the proposal is consistent with existing policies and programs and sustains workplace policy goals
- Highlight workplace health as an emerging trend that more and more employers are supporting
- Enlist the endorsement of the business community
- Suggest a pilot study if a broad-based policy or program does not gain support
- Make presentations at meetings and conferences that policymakers are likely to attend
- Involve staff
Be prepared for challenges that may arise and ensure that all spokespeople for the policy are providing a consistent message. Create a talking points sheet for articulation of a consistent message.
Sometimes it helps to share stories of other workplaces that have succeeded in bringing sun safety to their staff.
Adapted from USDA Team Nutrition’s The Local Process: How to Create and Implement a Local Wellness Policy, and University of Southern California Prevention Solutions’ Alcohol & Drug Policy Resource Manual for Schools by Mary Ann Pentz, PhD. (Unpublished).