If you ask yourself, “where am I the healthiest?” the answer may seem pretty obvious. It could be your hour at the gym four times a week, or the time you spend making a healthy dinner with your family. But what about at work?Canadians spend more of their waking hours at the workplace than anywhere else. That’s why it’s so important that our workplaces make it easy for us to be healthy.
October is Healthy Workplace Month and a great time to think about how we all contribute to building a healthier work environment. Workplace wellness programs are a great place to start when thinking about your health at work. Not only do they help employees make more informed decisions about their health, but they can also help boost morale and productivity in the workplace and in turn, a business’ bottom line.
Here are a few tips to help get you started on building a workplace wellness program at your work:
Prep for Success
Things like making sure you have all the resources you need and the support of both the staff and management team can help set you up for long term success. Leadership buy-in and visible support is key as employees often model the behaviours of their bosses.
Assign a Leader
Many businesses use wellness committees to organize their workplace wellness program. Make sure your wellness committee is representational of the different kind of employees in your workplace to make sure everyone’s needs are met. Smaller businesses may want to elect an enthusiastic and highly visible Wellness Champion to take the lead.
For wellness programs, you can organize engagement tactics into three simple strategies; how you educate employees on various health topics, how you can give them opportunities to act on these health topics, and how you can support them through things like policy.
Looking to start your own workplace wellness program? Check out WellnessFits, a free workplace wellness program built in partnership between Healthy Families BC and the Canadian Cancer Society. It provides BC businesses with the support and resources they need to build healthier workplaces. Learn more about how you can get started.
Author's Bio: Elisa Murru is a WellnessFits Coordinator for the Canadian Cancer Society. She has worked with businesses across the province helping them implement effective and customized workplace wellness programs.