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by Original Post by Heather Wingo | Adapted for blog by Katie Cullum
On average, Americans working full-time spend more than one-third of their day, five
days a week at the workplace. The use of effective workplace programs and policies
can reduce health risks and improve the quality of life for American workers.
An employee’s health and wellness is the state of their physical and mental health,
inside and outside of the workplace. It takes into consideration any medical and behavioral
conditions or habits, as well as energy, mood and motivation levels. If an employee’s
health or wellness suffers, it affects not only their own performance but can also
harm their team, organization, and personal lives. Because of that, supporting employees
through a lens of workplace wellness is invaluable.
While employers have a responsibility to provide a safe and hazard-free workplace,
they also have abundant opportunities to promote individual health and foster a healthy
work environment for more than 159 million workers in the United States. The use of
effective workplace programs can reduce health risks and improve the quality of life
for American workers.
The workplace provides many opportunities for promoting health and emotional well-being
and preventing disease and injury. Workplace health programs can:
Workplace health programs refer to a coordinated and comprehensive set of strategies
which include programs, policies, benefits, environmental supports, and links to the
surrounding community designed to meet the health and safety needs of all employees.
Examples of workplace health program components and strategies include the following:
Workplace health programs can lead to change at both the individual (i.e., employee)
and the organization levels. For individuals, workplace health programs have the potential
to impact an employee’s health, such as their health behaviors; health risks for disease;
and current health status.
For organizations, workplace health programs have the potential to impact areas such
as health care costs, absenteeism, productivity, recruitment/retention, culture and
employee morale. Employers, workers, their families and communities all benefit from
the prevention of disease and injury and from sustained health.
With theses extra investments in an employee’s wellness, employers may wonder “what’s
in it for the company?” If organizations invest in health work environments, they
can reap the benefits of health and wellness through improved performance and consistency.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016, May 13). Workplace Health Model. Workplace Health Promotion. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/workplacehealthpromotion/model/index.html
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018, February 1). Workplace Health Strategies. Workplace Health Promotion. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/workplacehealthpromotion/health-strategies/index.html
University of Southern California. (2021, September 13). How to promote wellness in the Workplace: USC Online. USC MAPP Online. Retrieved from https://appliedpsychologydegree.usc.edu/blog/wellness-in-the-workplace/