Wellness and Well-being Programs

Wellness and Well-being Programs are actions taken by employers to improve the lifestyle and health of their employees. These are an effective approach to the prevention of chronic diseases. Some of the efforts can be directed at improving organizational safety by improving the structure and environment of the office.

These programs also increase the productivity and efficiency of employees.

A doctor with stethoscope examining red heartThe most successful programs use a holistic approach based on the definition of health given by the World Health Organization: “Health is not only the absence of disease but a state of complete physical, mental (emotional and intellectual), social and spiritual well-being.”

Thus, the relationship of physical health with the social, psychological and spiritual state of the person is taken into account.

Main keys to success of such programs include:

–    Offering support to leaders and managers

–    Availability of a program working team, including both managers and employees

–    Assessing for the level of workers’ health

–    Formation of a clear strategy and plan of action on the basis of the conducted assessment

–    Substantial involvement of staff in the program

–    Evaluating the effectiveness of the program

Corporate Health offers assistance in developing and implementing programs to promote wellness at work:

–    Assistance with development of the company’s policy, strategy and implementation plan for the program

–    Assistance with putting together a committee (working team) for the Wellness Program. Continuing support for the committee’s work.

–    Consultations on the program’s needs and performance assessment, including tools for evaluation. Data analysis and professional advice.

–    Expert support and implementation of the program’s various components.

–    Individual counseling services to managers and employees.

–    Individual health risk assessment and professional support for lifestyle changes

The main components of the program

1.  Wellness and Well-being programs include the following components:

–    Health and risk assessment (weight/height, blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol levels in the blood)

–    Counseling and professional support for behavior/lifestyle changes

–    Assistance in the management of personal health risks and emerging issues (cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, depression, etc.)

–    Physical activity and exercise

–    Weight reduction

–    Nutrition / Healthy Cooking

–    Stress and the development of resistance to stress (resiliency)

–    Anger Management

–    Emotional balance

–    The effects of age

–    Work/Life Balance

–    Reduction/Cessation of smoking

–    Reduction of alcohol/drug/medicinal use

–    Educating children

–    Health information (internet resources, workshops and informational materials)

–    Providing fruit, tea/coffee, and balanced diet in the dining room/cafeteria

2.  Elements of the Program, aimed at organizing the workplace in the context of the impact on health of employees:

–    The actions can be directed to:

a)  The content and context of work :

What, where, quality of work

Hours of work and schedule flexibility

Availability of seminars, workshops and other opportunities for career development

b)  Workplace culture and improving a wide range of operational factors, including:

Morality and ethics

Motivation, involvement, job satisfaction

Management – attitudes, behavior, style

Abuse and harassment, leading to psychological trauma

Training in Leadership and Management for Managers and Supervisors

Management of workplace performance

Awards and Recognition

Policy for the management of critical incidents, accidents and injuries

Interaction with co-workers and conflicts in the workplace