Unhealthy, unsafe and stressful workplaces cost employers thousands of dollars each year in workers’ compensation, absenteeism, presenteeism, short- and longterm disability, turnover and lost productivity.
1. Let employees know that workplace wellness is a priority. Senior management needs to visibly demonstrate their commitment.
2. Develop policies that support flexible work options and work/life balance (for example, mandatory vacations, flextime, limits to work and e-mail on personal time).
3. Ask employees for input and involve them in finding solutions.
4. Provide an opportunity for health screening.
5. Find opportunities to promote active living, such as stair-climbing or pedometer competitions.
6. Provide kitchen facilities and serve healthy alternatives at company meetings and lunches.
7. Hire an ergonomics specialist to assess workstations for proper design and fit. If the work is physical, ensure workers are taught safe stretching and lifting techniques.
8. Offer wellness incentives as rewards and recognition for a job well done.
9. Become a partner with the community (for example, daycare, gyms, festivals, parks, restaurants).
10. Track progress and assess in order to continually improve.