Your action plan should outline the following:

Goal
The end result that is desired e.g. healthy workplace, healthy staff.

Objectives
The smaller steps that are needed to achieve the larger goal. These are the desired changes that need to occur before the goal can be reached (e.g. improvements in safety, increase in employees’ knowledge regarding healthy lifestyle, etc.).

Activities
These are the methods used to obtain the desired changes (e.g. assess the work environment, provide information via pay cheque inserts, hold educational workshops for employees, etc.)

Successful activities are:

  • Customized to fit the workplace and its demographics
  • Varied to address multiple strategies including raising awareness, building skills, developing environment supports, and policies (refer to section 1.4)
  • Meaningful to employees
  • Simple and easy to implement
  • Flexible
  • Innovative
  • Low cost
  • Participatory

Resources required
Determine the resources required, such as budget, supplies, personnel, etc. Determine what is available within the organization and in the community.

Timelines
Establish time frames with specific start and end dates. Factor in other demands on staff time.

Individual(s) responsible
Identify responsibilities and the people who will carry them out.

Evaluation
Evaluation of the action plan is important to determine whether objectives have been met and there is progress towards the goal. To ensure program components are carried out as planned, track and monitor activities in a timely way (process evaluation). Assessing the impact of the activities (outcome evaluation) is more long-term and may take several years.