Defining Workplace Wellness
Workplace wellness can refer to any health-promotion activity for the purpose of encouraging healthy behaviors and lifestyle choices among employees and can include a variety of activities and interventions.
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The purpose of workplace health programs
are to impact an individual employee’s health
behaviors and reduce his or her health risk factors
for developing a chronic disease.
Effective health programs can lead to change
for both the individual employees and the organization
as a whole. In the short-term, a successful program can
reduce expenses such as
- insurance premiums
- worker’s compensation claims.
In the long run, a successful program can create
an employee-centered workplace culture of healthy
If employers can implement programs to help their staff adopt healthy behaviors such as regular physical activity or good nutritional choices it can help boost profits by reducing lost work time,
lowering health care costs and improving morale.
To be effective and gain support from ownership or senior management, work site health-promotion programs must be created and delivered in a structured manner. Program selection and implementation must be carefully planned and reflect the
health-promotion interests, needs,
culture and resources of the organization.
The planning process includes identifying objective,
easily measurable outcomes to assess program effectiveness,
from both employee health and business productivity perspectives.
Many organizations are challenged to recruit and retain
talented employees and are turning to workplace health
programs to help create a desirable workplace culture.
The Kaiser report found that most large employers
(200 or more employees) and many smaller employers
offer at least one workplace wellness program.
Of companies offering health benefits, including a
wellness program, 36 percent of large organizations
and 18 percent of smaller employers offer financial
incentives for employees’ participation in the programs
(Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research and Educational Trust, 2014).
Workplace wellness programs can make a difference
for both individual employees and the organization as a whole.
For example, MillerCoors brewery Trenton, Oh and
Major Corporate Wellness won the Healthy Ohio Work site Award Employers in 2014. In addition, more
than a dozen of her employees reported major health benefits, including weight loss, lower cholesterol and reduced chronic pain, as a result of the corporate
MAKE A CHANGE program.
Business is better when employees are physically and mentally fit.
That's why Major Corporate Wellness provides on-site fitness classes,
nutritional guidance programs and behavior modification coaching to
companies in the Cincinnati area.
Health and fitness Expert, Wellness Consultant