The workplace environment is a effective, but often overlooked, element in managing staff member health. Here we will identify some of the best-practices in starting a Employee Wellness Program that supports your organization’s employee health strategy and allows staff members to take charge of their own health. For example, a Employee Wellness Program that includes a tobacco-free workplace policy increases the likelihood that staff members will try to quit smoking and will quit using tobacco successfully. Similarly, a Employee Wellness Program that includes discounting healthy foods in your cafeteria and vending machines helps increase staff members’ consumption of healthy foods which supports your investment in disease management programs for staff members with diabetes, heart disease or hypertension. The following will guide you through the ten key steps in starting a Employee Wellness Program and workplace environment that encourages staff member health.
In an era of ever-increasing health care costs and intense competition, corporations have a vested interest in the health of their staff members. Research has found that, on average, staff members with healthy behaviors (such as not using tobacco or being active for 30 minutes a day) incur lower health care expenses, are absent from work less often, and are more productive when at work (higher presenteeism) than staff members with unhealthy behaviors.