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Workplace wellness programs: what are they all about?

Typically, wellness means “the condition of good physical and mental health”, but what is a “workplace wellness program”? What are the advantages of having this kind of program, and how does an employer start one up? defines wellness program as “a comprehensive health program designed to maintain a high level of well-being through proper diet, exercise, stress management, and illness prevention”.

Sure, adults should take the initiative to take care of themselves on their own outside of the workplace. Notwithstanding this fact, there are some significant reasons for employers to implement a wellness program in their workplaces.

Employees can benefit by having this kind of program in the following ways:

Not only do employees benefit when workplace wellness programs are in place, but employers also benefit due to:

There are several topics that can be included in a wellness program. For instance, the focus could fall into the categories of physical fitness, financial wellness and health promotion (for example, addictions, mental health, nutrition, stress, safety, sleep, eye and dental care). Numerous topics can be presented; it’s just a matter of deciding which ones are most applicable in your workplace. Information is available for free on the Internet, and an employer can also hire a consultant to develop a solid plan containing certain themes for the program.

The wellness program could be presented in various ways, including informative lunch seminars, offsite presentations, guest speakers or hands-on sessions in the gym with a personal trainer. The employer could also create fun competitions between teams of employees in order to bolster motivation and performance. The frequency, location, materials and presenters really depend on the needs and preferences of both the employees and the employer.

How does an employer set up a wellness program? The following steps are recommended:


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