Changing an organization’s health and wellness culture is a journey that requires support from senior leadership as well as from all sectors of middle management to the employee base. Building a strategic multiyear plan helps lay the foundation of an effective program.
At the core, improving the health status of the workforce is primarily a business objective. Benefits include a reduction in health risks for participants and better job performance. By creating a culture of wellness, employers engage staff to join them on their path to health. Participation from executives in programming and communications reinforces the message of walk the walk. Ultimately, a healthy workforce is a happy workforce, which can benefit an organization’s bottom line.
Adaptations and changes to a workplace environment and policies can also have a profound effect on supporting a culture of health and wellness. Examples include smoke-free/nicotine-free workplaces, healthy food guidelines, walking meetings, personal time off (PTO), and on-the-clock time to complete wellness activities approved by the organization.