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Thursday, December 12, 2013
According to the US Department of Labor, the average work day, and related work activities, lasts for 8 hours. That is a lot of time to spend in an environment that could be potentially unhealthy.
A healthy worksite is established by both employers and employees. Employers can foster a wellness-oriented environment in many ways. Take a few minutes to assess if your employer is doing any of the following:
If a wellness program is present at your worksite, are you:
If a wellness program is not present at your worksite, have you:
All of the efforts described above will move you and your worksite towards a greater level of health and wellness. Start now and feel the positive effects of a healthy lifestyle at home and at work.
A number of websites exist which provide worksite wellness information to help you get started. The Wellness Councils of America website contains valuable information on how to create wellness teams, form supportive environments, choose effective interventions, and more, through their 7 Benchmarks of Success. Become familiar with this material and you will develop a solid foundation with which to propose or start developing a worksite wellness program.
Additional web resources to access include:
The Six Dimensional Wellness Model, developed by Dr. Bill Hettler, Cofounder and President of the Board of Directors of the National Wellness Institute, provides an overview of the important dimensions within wellness.
This model represents a holistic approach to creating and maintaining a healthy worksite. Wellness is divided into the following parts:
Within this framework, the "whole is greater than the sum of its parts". Each dimension impacts the others and cannot be separated from one another. This model can help you determine the dimensions that are important for a wellness program at your worksite.
Encourage your employer to start a wellness program. Or, become actively involved in any program that is already in place at your worksite. Have your goals and ideas prepared so that you can make an immediate impact. Find out what similar worksites are doing in terms of health and wellness and share that information. Suggest that Upper Management and Human Resources learn more by looking at some of the websites featured in this section. Although many worksites are offering such programs and services, some worksites are not. You could serve as a stimulus for healthy change by sharing this information.
Many research studies are underway to help us learn about worksite health. Would you like to find out more about being part of this exciting research? Please visit the following links:
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Last Reviewed: Oct 22, 2013
Elizabeth R Click, ND, RN, CWP
Assistant Professor of Nursing and Medical Director
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
Case Western Reserve University