Because we spend so much time at work, it can have a big impact on our health. So it's important that both employees and employers take steps to create an environment that promotes health and well-being. Although employees are always in control of their own choices to improve health, their efforts can be improved when employers create a culture of wellness by implementing policies and providing services that support employees’ efforts towards a healthy lifestyle. When employees and employers work together to create healthier worksites, people can get healthier and be happier and more productive at work.
Why Worksite Wellness?
41.2% of Massachusetts adults over age 35 have one or more of the following conditions: asthma, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and stroke.* These conditions not only drive up the costs of healthcare plans, but they also cause many employees to miss work. Worksite wellness programs can help reduce chronic disease risk and lower health care costs. Other key benefits include:
- Improved employee health
- Higher employee productivity
- Improved employee morale and job satisfaction
- Reduced sick leave and absenteeism
- Reduced costs for workers’ compensation
- A nearly $6 to $1 return on investment
What is a Worksite Wellness Program?
Worksite wellness programs are a comprehensive set of activities, programs and policies that are implemented by worksites to promote employee health and well-being. To be comprehensive the program must be made available to all employees and include: a plan for the program, assessment of employee needs and interests, awareness and education programs, behavior change programs, and worksite policies and practices that enhance the health and wellness of their employees.
Interested in Starting a Worksite Wellness Program?
- Worksite Health Improvement Survey : This is a tool to assess the existing policies, practices, and environmental supports that promote and protect health and well-being at your worksite.
- A Model Wellness Guide file size 11MB: A guide for employers developing worksite wellness program. The guide is divided into three sections: 1) Importance of healthy lifestyles in prevention and controlling chronic diseases, 2) Evidence-based interventions and practices for developing worksite wellness programs, and 3) General resources on wellness
- Worksite Wellness Toolkit file size 3MB file size 2MB: An evidence-based toolkit that contains a 7 step planning process for developing and implementing a worksite wellness program
- Healthy Worksites: A Resource Guide for Worksite Wellness file size 2MB file size 4MB: Contains links to public resources on worksite wellness
- Creating a Culture of Health: Organizational Approaches to Protecting and Promoting Employee Health file size 5MB file size 1MB
- Cost Calculators : Use a cost calculator to figure out how much you could save by implementing a workplace wellness initiative within your workplace.
- 2014 Worksite Wellness Benchmarking Survey file size 5MB file size 13MB