According to the Conference Board of Canada, the Canadian economy lost an estimated $16.6 billion last year due to absenteeism in the workplace.Why should we promote health in the workplace?
- Reduced health care costs, absenteeism, staff turnover, worker compensation claims, and on the job injuries.
- Increased quality and quantity of production.
- Improved job satisfaction, employee morale, and corporate image.
- Fewer workplace conflicts.
- Design a comprehensive program (some of these suggestions will depend on the size of your workplace) - planning may include: forming a wellness committee and a budget, getting management support, discovering the make up of your workforce (interests, shifts and location of employees), determining your target audience, and discussing your overall goals and objectives.
- Emphasize healthy weight loss through balanced nutrition, moderate exercise and behavioural changes. Create awareness of your program through emails, flyers and bulletin boards.
- Create an informal environment where participants can feel comfortable sharing frustrations, successes and failures. A supportive peer environment is essential in the success of any workplace health promotion program. Try to foster an idea of team spirit among your staff.
- Organize creative workplace activities, for example try out the 10,000 steps initiative, bike to work day or week, a fitness challenge, or a holiday cooking contest that features a healthy version of a holiday recipe.
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