Workplace Wellness Guide
Start a Workplace Wellness Program
We spend the majority of our waking hours at work, therefore the workplace is the perfect place to start to turn our attention to our overall health with a focus on preventing illness and staying well.
Half of all mortality in the U.S. is a result of changeable factors like smoking, poor diet, alcohol use, physical inactivity and careless accidents. Yet less than 5% of our total health care spending is spent on decreasing these risk factors.
Wellness programs are effective in engaging employees in their own health care choices and can be designed to encourage them to be proactive in improving their overall health.
Promoting workplace incentives and healthy lifestyle goals can be a catalyst to improve employee and their dependents health as well as a means to stabilize overall health care costs in the United States.
50 Great Wellness Ideas - Wellness Works!
In this series of books, the Wellness Councils of America offers some of the best worksite wellness programming ideas. These handbooks will equip worksite wellness practitioners with 50 great ideas for helping employees stay healthy with tried and true ideas that provide you with the necessary concepts to start your workplace health promotion initiative out on the right foot, or improve existing efforts. These books also provides you with checklists to rate your program's performance, helping you take ideas and translate them into reality.
Wellness Incentives to Encourage Employees
Basics, Goal Setting and Rewards
Appropriate employee incentives or rewards are determined by the difficulty of the task required.
Incentives can be monetary, like a cash reward or a reduced insurance deductible, material, like a health-related toy or freebie such as a pedometer, or intangible, like public recognition.
The goal of designing incentive programs or competitive activities is to stimulate employee participation. Make sure that the goal required to earn an incentive are realistic, achievable and can be chosen by each individual. Some may commit to a 10-pound weight loss, or to complete a 6 week smoking cessation class, or to attend two "brown-bag" lunch health lectures. Also be sure that all your incentive programs or activities are accessible to all employees and their dependents.
How To Start:
Start small and grow the program as employee participation increases. Initially, consider providing incentives for the completion of a single aspect of the basic program, such as filling out a health assessment questionnaire on-line. Over time, increase the number of programs and requirements needed to receive incentives. This allows employees to get used to the wellness initiatives.
Healthy Reward Ideas:
Offer free health-related items.
Providing free health-related items for participation or compliance with workplace activities can increase participation and retention rates.
Items should directly correspond to the individuals healthy behavior.
For example; an employee who walks a 5K, can be given a free pedometer to encourage future walking.
Offer free or special prices on gym memberships and physical activity classes.
Offer monetary rewards for participation or adherence to a disease management or a health improvement program.
Many people will change an unhealthy behavior or participate in wellness classes for a financial reward.
Monetary rewards can be contributions to health savings accounts or a reduction in insurance premiums. When using monetary rewards as an incentive, make sure that the reward matches the behavior change or task completed.
For example; a small change in behavior like walking 10,000 steps a day for a week, should receive a much smaller reward than a major behavioral change like quitting smoking.
Start Making Smart Choices Today!
Nutrition Education Posters - Post in The Breakroom!
Top 10 Ways To Be Active at Work
Print These and Post, Or E-mail to The Whole Office!
1. WEAR A PEDOMETER AT WORK. Since every step counts, wearing a pedometer is wonderful motivator to move more during your workday.
2. WALK AROUND THE OFFICE. There's no need to sit still while you talk on the phone or think. Pacing and fidgeting are physical activity.
3. WALK AROUND THE BUILDING. Sometimes a face-to-face talk is the best way to communicate (and it gets you up and moving around).
4. WALK UP (AND DOWN) THE STAIRS. If you have a choice, always take the stairs. If you have stairs, take as many trips up and down as possible.
5. WALK AROUND THE BLOCK. Got a coffee break? Got a few free minutes? Take a walk outside and get some fresh air (and extra steps).
6. WALK AND TALK. Need to discuss something with a co-worker? A walking meeting can be more productive and healthier too!
7. LIFT WEIGHTS WHILE YOU TALK. Keep a weight near the telephone; pick it up when you get a call and pump your arms while you talk.
8. TAKE A WEIGHT BREAK. Feeling tired and bogged down? Take five minutes to lift your hand weights and get your blood flowing.
9. WORK YOUR ABS. You can strengthen tummy muscles while sitting in a chair. Sit straight, tighten muscles and release. Repeat.
10. STRETCH YOUR STRESS AWAY. Stuck at your desk? Use a resistance band for a five minute stretch. Your mind and body will be more flexible. Tension in your shoulders, neck and back is easy to release with standing stretches and a resistance band.
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