DEVELOPING A WELLNESS PROGRAM BUSINESS CASE
This month, guest speaker, Lauren Sayers – Deputy HR Manager at the ANU spoke about the importance of developing a wellbeing program for the workplace, and some tips on how to implement one successfully.
Lauren is an ACT Australian HR Institute (AHRI) Council member & forum convenor and has 15+ years of management and HR experience across Hospitality, Telecommunications and Tertiary Education sectors. Lauren spoke about:
What does a wellbeing program include?
Employee health and wellness programs can include activities that promote good employee health, identify health-related risks in the employee population, and look to support any potential health-related problems present in the employee population.
Why should we invest in wellbeing program?
Employers should work to create a healthy workplace for a few broad strategic reasons:
- To control the financial costs associated with an unhealthy workplace
- and to gain the benefits of;
- A healthy workforce;
- To build the organisation’s employer of choice profile; and
- Possible legal implications – e.g. WHS/workers compensation etc.
A further example of reasons to invest in employee health and wellbeing and the relationship between employee healthand engagement.
Example interventions and wellbeing program activities:
The following examples can be used to build a workplace wellbeing program.
- Healthy @ work- ergonomic assessments
- Body and Mind & work
- Winter wise- flu shots
- Financial wellness – financial advice
- Relaxation – complementary therapies
- Physical Health – health assessments
- Mental Health – R U OK Day?
- Rest – sleep foundation
- Summer Safe – Cancer Council
- Stretch zone – promote workplace stretching and time away from workstation
- Rest zone – sun lounger/sleep pod
- Mindfulness zone- e.g. reading, colouring in, Sudoku