Health and Wellness in the Workplace

There are never enough hours in the day and we are under increasingly more and more stress. The pressure is always on to perform at our best, but many of us are unaware of the serious affect this has on our bodies. As the stress levels rise, the immune system lowers along with our health and productivity.

Corporate Wellness is an investment in the physical and mental health of employees by creating a healthier, happier and more relaxed environment. Corporate wellness can improve the overall productivity, health and morale of staff, while reducing stress levels in the workplace.

Healthy business woman sitting at a table in the office and meditate with yoga.

How do you implement your program?

Step 1: Take ownership and leadership and get support from the “top”.

Have someone who is interested in taking on the role and being the contact point of the program. It may be a joint committee from labour and management or someone who wants to take interest in leading the project.

Step 2: Get support from everyone.

Talk to as many people or groups as you can. Other people, who can help, if they are not involved already.

Step 3: Acknowledge current or informal activities and collect baseline data.

There may be groups already established in many companies and may help you form a basis for your workplace active living program. Acknowledging these existing activities (for example, a group of people going for walks together at lunch) may encourage new ideas for your program, like a ‘walker’s mileage club’. Where everyone is encouraged to walk a little, but awarded with a points system that over a certain period those are awarded or acknowledged when attaining the most points.

Step 4: Identify the key needs and expectations of the workplace.

You want to find out the employees:

  • Needs,
  • Attitudes, and
  • Preferences

Step 5: Develop a detailed plan.

Based on steps one to four:

  • Identify what needs to be done.
  • Prioritize these needs.
  • Set realistic targets and timelines. Have both short-term and long-term goals.
  • Plan how and when the program will be initiated.
  • Plan how to maintain interest.
  • Know what resources you need for each step (time, money, people, etc.).

Step 6: Put your plan into action.

Communicate your program to everyone by promoting it.

Step 7: Monitor, evaluate and maintain the program.

Now it is time to monitor progress and track results of your program. Always know that there is room for change and improvement for both short-term and long-term goals.

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