By Beth Dokolasa, MA, RD, Guest Writer
In my last article, I discussed the unexpected benefits of providing ongoing health and wellness training to your co-workers. However, an ongoing training program will only be successful if it seamlessly fits in with your schedule and a busy retail setting. Below I share a few program ideas and how they can integrate into your store’s operations.
Whichever path you decide to pursue, involve your store management from the beginning. Having them invested in your new initiative’s success will make them better champions of your program, and in return, your co-workers will be more excited about participating.
And remember, just because your training program launches with a certain structure doesn’t mean it can’t change and evolve. Consider launching the program as a 3 or 6 month “pilot,” so that you can gather feedback from management and employees after implementation and propose adjustments as needed.
Beth Dokolasa is a Registered Dietitian and Instructional Developer for Natural Grocers. She creates e-learning for a variety of audiences on topics from nutrition to customer care. For Beth, the most important part of her role is providing training content in a way that empowers and engages learners. During her time at Natural Grocers, she also helped develop and lead the Nutritional Health Coach training program and helped manage the Nutrition Education Department. Beth earned her bachelor’s at the University of Illinois - Urbana and her master’s at the University of Denver. She currently lives in Evergreen, Colorado.