Given that on average we spend 60 per cent (or more!) of our day at work, workplaces are an ideal setting to improve our health and wellbeing.
Plus, there are significant benefits for both the employer and employees when workplace wellness is addressed, such as;
- improving overall employee health
- increasing productivity
- reducing absenteeism
- creating a happier and more positive workplace culture!
The good news is that workplace wellness doesn't have to be complicated.
Our Healthier Workplace WA team share their six essential steps that will help you maximise your workplace's health and wellbeing program:
1. Management support
It is essential that senior management is supportive of employee health and wellbeing, and that they understand what workplace wellness is and the benefits of an effective Workplace Health and Wellbeing Program. Building a strong business case is a great way to gain support and commitment from management.
2. Dedicated program coordinator
You need to identify a key person who will be responsible for coordinating your program and recruiting staff participation. Workplaces need to ensure that an appropriate amount of time and resources are given to the Program Coordinator to develop and deliver the Health and Wellbeing Program.
3. Consult with staff
One of the most important steps in workplace wellness is consulting with your employees! Staff provide valuable insights into what strategies will and won't work in your workplace. Things you may way to ask your staff include barriers that are preventing staff from engaging in healthy behaviours at work, and what would motivate staff to participate in healthy behaviours and activities.
4. Good planning
An action plan will allow you to describe what, when and how you'll achieve your goals. Put pen to paper and list your goals, clear objectives and what strategies you will need to undertake to achieve them. You can use your action plan to keep track of your program's progress and successes.
5. Ensure a combination of strategies
Undertaking one-off ad-hoc activities won't lead to success in the long term. You need to ensure a mix of evidence-based strategies including education, awareness raising, a supportive environment and organisational policy.
Review your program regularly to see what's working and what's not. Ask yourself, Have you met the program goals? Have the strategies have been successful? Can you improve the program for the future? It's likely that the needs of your workplace will continue to change, so it is important to continue to adjust your program to achieve results.
To start your workplace wellness journey today undertake our Healthier Workplace WA FREE workplace health check.
Cancer Council WA delivers the Healthier Workplace WA initiative which offers free services to all workplaces across Western Australia to help them implement a successful workplace health and wellbeing program that assists their workers to make positive lifestyle changes that benefit everyone.
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