Nontraditional wellness initiatives are quickly taking the stage as top wellness benefits, according to the Workplace Wellness Trends survey from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.
When we think about employee health, we often focus on the physical element. That type of health is visible, and when changes occur, you can see them. But mental health and wellness are also important—and you can’t just solve them with a gym membership.
Do employee health management programs really work? A new report from HERO and Mercer based on data from the HERO Employee Health Management Best Practices Scorecard, shares the results of six studies that were conducted over the past two years, providing evidence that workplace wellness programs can work — if they are well designed and well executed.
This report, on the strategic value of wellness, provides state-of-the-art, evidence-based information on why investing in employee wellness makes sense. It also includes practical insights on how to encourage a culture of wellness in your workplace.
Alberta Health Services has developed an outstanding and very comprehensive Workplace Health Resource Toolkit that addresses addictions; healthy eating; weight management; mental health; physical activity; shift work; tobacco; and screening for conditions such as breast cancer, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose/diabetes. The tool kit contains a wealth of information including corresponding legislation; examples of best practices and policies; relevant resources, services and programs; and samples and examples of programs.
Excellence Canada initiated Healthy Workplace Month for workplaces across Canada. Every October, Canadians are encouraged to recognize workplace wellness and submit initiatives of their own to be showcased on this website:
Here an editorial written by Michael P. O'Donnell, Phd, MBA, MPH, a leading expert on workplace health promotion. The editorial is a helpful resource about how we can identify and encourage the next generation of health promotion leaders.
Through 2011 and 2012, Alberta Health Services initiated a Workplace Health Improvement Project built upon the model for safety certification used in Alberta to promote employers' adoption of evidence-based practices to prevent and control chronic diseases among their employees. The purpose of the project was to provide criteria and standards to assess organizations' health-related policies and programs, and to provide a set of actions and evidence-based programs that organizations can use to enhance their employee wellness programs. Working with key Alberta industry stakeholders, Alberta Health Services piloted the approach with six companies.