Definition - What does Worksite Wellness mean?
Worksite wellness, within the context of occupational health and wellness, refers to a workplace health promotion activity or policy intended to promote and encourage healthy behavior in a specific workplace and improve the general health of employees. Worksite wellness policies contribute to the emotional, mental, and physical wellness of the workers. Worksite wellness is also referred to as workplace wellness.
WorkplaceTesting explains Worksite Wellness
Worksite wellness programs are intended to promote more productive and constructive employee behaviors within a company or organization. Integrating breaks during work help establish clear roles of individuals in their non-work demands along with integrating respect for the time and talents of others.
Worksite wellness benefits:
- Makes employees responsible for their lifestyle choices
- Educates employees about hazards and other wellness opportunities
- Promotes workforce productivity
- Reduces absenteeism
- Reduces health care costs
- Changes health care perspective - prevention instead of treatment
Employer worksite wellness program examples:
- Exercise programs during the workday
- No-smoking policy implementation - tobacco cessation resources
- Flexible work schedules and telecommuting
- Encourage stairs as a healthy option for personnel
- Establish worksites with access to public transportation, walking trails, fitness centers, and other conveniences