Does Your Employer Have a Workplace Wellness Program?
Having a healthier workforce benefits both employers and employees. There is expanding evidence that worksite wellness programs not only improve individual employee health but companies with the most effective health and productivity management programs realize:
- 11% higher revenue per employee,
- Lower medical trends by 1.2%,
- 1.8 fewer days absent per employee, and
- 28% higher shareholder returns.
Use these Cost Calculators to figure out how much you could save by implementing a workplace wellness initiative within your workplace.
If your employer doesn't have a Worksite Wellness Program, ask them to start one.
You can start by using the 2008 Worksite Health Improvement Survey . It is a tool to assess the existing policies, practices, and environmental supports that promote and protect health and well-being at your worksite.
In 2008, DPH used this tool as the basis to survey a random sample of worksites to assess their practices with regard to promoting and protecting employee health and well-being within their organizations. The report summarizes the results and provides a breakdown for metrics by business size and/or industry sector. Download a copy of Creating a Culture of Health: Organizational Approaches to Protecting and Promoting Employee Health file size 5MB file size 1MB.
In the summer of 2014, DPH conducted another survey of business health promotion practices in collaboration with the Worksite Wellness Council of MA. This survey used a validated tool, the CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard, as the backbone of the survey, which allows businesses to compare their score with other businesses who completed the validation study. You can download copy of the 2014 survey report here: 2014 Worksite Wellness Benchmarking Survey file size 5MB file size 13MB.
Also, talk to your employer about:
- Offering exercise options like yoga, dance or walking clubs
- Stocking healthy choices in vending machines and at on-site cafeterias
- Bringing a Weight Watchers at Work program on-site for employees interested in losing weight
- Partnering with local gyms to offer subsidized membership to off-site physical activity facilities
- Promoting walking meetings or physical activity breaks during meetings
- Celebrating monthly Walk/Ride Days at your workplace
- Starting an employee walking program
- How to Build a Tobacco-Free Workplace
Learn about the Wellness Tax Credit for small businesses.
This information is provided by the Department of Public Health.