Did you know that on average, employees spend 50 hours a week at work and eat about 1/3 of their meals at work? And not surprising, about 40% of U.S. workers report that they feel very or extremely stressed at work.
Since we do spend a lot of time at work, it is important to work in an environment that is supportive of our health and well-being. Making healthy snack choices for example, is difficult when vending machines only carry chips and chocolate bars. On the other hand, walking meetings, a microwave and fridge available for employees to use, and workplace policies that support a smoke free environment are all examples of things a worksite can do to promote employee health.
One of my favorite job responsibilities as a public health education specialist is providing assistance to worksites in order to help them organize programs for employees designed to enrich their physical, mental, emotional and occupational well-being. For the past four years, I have collobarated with other Worksite Wellness Coordinators in Northern Colorado to offer an event to help organizations learn how to implement effective employee wellness programs called the Northern Colorado Worksite Wellness Workshop. Wellness Coordinators, HR staff, benefits representatives, and employee wellness team members have the opportunity to hear case studies, get easy-to-use wellness tools and resources, network with other company wellness leaders, and learn how to build a successful wellness program.
Worksite wellness programs can be organized through a team or committee of employees that meets to plan activities and environmental changes that promote good health, for example:
- Eating Smart at work – offer healthy food at staff events, in vending machines and cafeterias
- Moving More at work – have walking meetings when feasible, create walking maps, and encourage employees to take the stairs
- Managing Stress at work – hold workshops about stress management and organize social events for employees
Worksite Wellness Resources
The Centers for Disease Control provides worksites with various toolkits to enhance worksite wellness.
Eat Smart Move More North Carolina offers a wide variety of guides, toolkits and challenges to help boost your wellness program.
Check out the “Low-to-No Budget Options” presentation for links to all sorts of free and low cost ideas.
Hold the Holidays Weight Management turn-key guide from Poudre Valley Health System
Question of the Day: Does your worksite have an employee wellness program?