Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island
Healthy Workplaces

Workplace Wellness Planning

Worker health plays a direct role in the overall success of an organization. Having good health in the workplace motivates workers, reduces absenteeism, and lowers the risk of workplace injuries and accidents.

Implementing a Wellness Program helps workers to adopt behaviours that improve their health, creating a happier, healthier workforce. Not only does the workplace affect the well-being of the worker, but the health of the worker affects the success of the organization.

Wellness programs can include smoking cessation, weight loss education, fitness challenges, healthy eating education, providing facts on the benefits of drinking water and of walking, wellness clinics, Employee Assistance Program, and many other plans designed to increase the overall health of an individual.

Purpose of a Worker Wellness Program

The purpose of worker wellness programs is to improve workers’ health and well-being, often through preventive care. Goals can include preventing and managing chronic diseases to lower their health and economic burden, improving worker morale and motivation, and improving workers’ quality of life.

Why Wellness is Important

Wellness is an active process of making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is especially important as we age because regular exercise and proper nutrition can help prevent a variety of ailments including cardiovascular disease, obesity, and fall risk behaviours.

Steps to implementing a Health and Wellness Program in the Workplace

  • Obtain management support;
  • Conduct assessments (determine what workers want);
  • Establish a wellness committee;
  • Develop goals and objectives;
  • Establish a budget;
  • Design wellness program components;
  • Select wellness program incentives or records;
  • Slowly implement your plan;
  • Keep it practical and easy.

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Benefits of a Workplace Wellness Program

  • Healthier workers are more motivated, committed, engaged, and satisfied;
  • Improved worker health & well-being;
  • Increased morale and job satisfaction;
  • Healthier workplace culture;
  • Reduced personal health care expenses;
  • Decreased absenteeism;
  • Increased worker engagement;
  • Fewer workplace injuries;
  • Decreased staff turnover;
  • Increased productivity;
  • Fewer insurance and Workers Compensation claims;
  • Better retention and recruiting;
  • Enhanced business reputation and customer loyalty.

Evaluating the effectiveness of a wellness program is important in sustaining management and worker support and in revising or implementing new programs.

Examples of Administrative Data that could be used to monitor Wellness Program results

  • Rate of Absenteeism;
  • Cost of Absenteeism;
  • Rate of turnover;
  • Cost of group insurance;
  • Accident/incident rates;
  • Number of events or activities held last year;
  • Participation in program events;
  • Changing behaviours or attitudes towards more healthy habits;
  • Number of worker promotions/year;
  • Return to work rate from injuries or illnesses;
  • Cost for Employee Assistance Programs/year;
  • Percentage of worker suggestions that are implemented.

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