Your health is important wherever you go. And now that many people are spending most of their day sitting at a desk or inside an office, implementing health programs inside the workplace has become a fundamental piece of the healthy lifestyle dilemma.
Chronic Disease at Work
Chronic diseases such as depression and hypertension can lead to a decline in the overall health of employees in a workplace, contribute to an increase in health-related expenses for employers and employees, and lead to days away from work. Many businesses have recognised the benefits of health promotion, and have begun offering wellbeing programs to their employees. Ideally, the office should be a place that not only protects the safety and well-being of employees but also provides them opportunities for better long-term health.
What is a Workplace Wellbeing Program?
A workplace wellbeing program is a health promotion activity or organisation-wide policy designed to support healthy behaviour and improve health outcomes while at work. These programs consist of activities such as health education and weight management programs, health screenings, on-site fitness programs, and more.
Wellbeing programs also include policies intended to facilitate employee health, including allowing time for exercise, and providing on-site eating areas, offering healthful food options in vending machines, and holding "standing" meetings. Effective workplace programs, policies, and environments that are health-focused and worker-centred have the potential to significantly benefit employers, employees, their families, and communities.
Need a Wellbeing Program at Your Office?
Ask your employer if they offer a wellbeing or health promotion program. If not, suggest implementing one at your office. If you are an employer looking to start a program of your own, read the materail on the "The Workplace Wellbeing Charter - National Award for England" website and other materials for recommendations on implementing a health promotion program at your workplace.