Why should you implement a worksite wellness program? Our health is impacted by the environment in which we work, learn, and play. Many Americans spend more than one-third of their day, five days per week, at their worksite. The use of effective workplace programs and policies can improve the health and lives of employees. A results-oriented wellness program can also help increase productivity and increase a company's bottom line. Find information on planning, implementing and evaluating worksite wellness programs below.
The framework of a strong wellness program
Effective worksite wellness programs have common elements and create a culture of wellness within their agency. Use this Framework for Comprehensive Worksite Wellness Programs to assess your worksite wellness program.
Assessing your program and getting input from employees helps you gather information to plan appropriate interventions. Adapted from the Centers for Disease Control’s Worksite Health ScoreCard, the Wellness Works Clark County scorecard can help you assess your program’s strengths and areas for improvement in detail. It can also help you track progress over time.
For more information, visit Centers for Disease Control's Workplace Health Promotion.
Healthy environments and policies
Creating healthy environments and adopting health policies can create a culture of wellness in your organization. By making good health the norm in the workplace, all employees are impacted and benefit.
Offering engaging programs that address the needs and interests of employees is an important component of worksite wellness programs. Wellness programs may include fitness challenges, Take the Stairs campaigns, on-site weight management classes, etc.
Evaluating your individual strategies and your overall program can help you strengthen and improve your program’s impact.
For more information, contact the Chronic Disease Prevention team.