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