Work Smart Corporate Wellness Blog
This Work Smart Corporate Wellness Blog highlights articles from our Corporate eBrief, Path To Wellness that has been publishing employee wellness information since 2002. It focuses on employee and corporate wellness strategies for the beginner to the seasoned professional. Our hope is that it will provide you with how-tos and update you on significant research and statistics that may assist you in your wellness initiatives. For specific wellness topics, use the search feature at the top of this website.
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Nora Spinks, Work-Life Harmony Enterprises Assess where your organization is in the work-life continuum: InActive Organizations Ignore or deny issues. No awareness of issues or implications of work-life conflicts. Work-life is a personal not a business issue. Focus is on work. Philosophy is to do more with less and priority is to keep personal issues personal. ReActive Organizations Make Accommodations. There is some awareness of work-life issues but a limited understanding of the business case. Work-life is seen initially as a “Women’s Issue,” and as an “HR Issue.” There is a programmatic or tactical approach. Initially, the focus is on childcare (resource and referral), maternity leave, and short-term, flexible work arrangements, and then broadens to familycare (childcare, eldercare, stress management,...Read More
Assess how your organization measures up Take the following brief questionnaire: Do you have an overall health policy stating your organization’s intent to protect and promote the health of all employees? Do you have a strategic plan to developing and sustaining a healthy workplace and is it based on employee needs? Have you trained your leaders in healthy workplace principles and strategies? Do your leaders demonstrate through their comments and actions, a commitment to the development of a healthy workplace? Do you have a formal assessment process to determine employee needs, attitudes and preferences in regard to healthy workplace programs? Are the workplace health assessment results analyzed and are goals set out...Read More
The Next Level 1. Initiate a senior level wellness program. One reason corporate wellness programs do not succeed is because senior level executives do not buy-in and do not participate in the wellness programming. 2. Ensure that your strategic wellness plan includes a vision, mission, goals, specific objectives, budgets, communication strategies and evaluation strategies. Often companies miss how they are going to evaluate their successes 3. Link health promotion initiatives to your benefits plan. Studies have found that participation in the wellness program increases dramatically. 4. Look into personal coaching services for high-risk employees. Wellness programs often try to move high-risk employees to low risk employees. This is a long-term process and personal coaching is often needed. 5. Keep working...Read More