Workplace Wellness Assessments
Comprehensive workplace health programs aim to reach employees through a variety of ways, including workplace policies, benefits, environmental changes, and programs and services available for employees, spouses, and dependents.
A key question for wellness coordinators to ask is: How do you know which workplace health strategies will be most valuable for your particular company to implement?
A workplace health assessment helps to identify the current picture of health at a company as well as ways to improve it that can potentially increase productivity, decrease absenteeism
, and control health care costs
for both employees and the organization as a whole.
Factors influencing workplace health:
- Individual – elements of an employee’s health, such as their health behaviors, health risk factors such as high blood pressure, and current health status
- Interpersonal – elements of an employee’s social network including relationships with managers, coworkers, and family that provide support; mentoring or role models
- Organizational – elements of the workplace structure, culture, practices and policies such as benefits, health promotion programs, work organization, and leadership and managementsupport for workplace health and safety initiatives
- Environmental – elements of the physical workplace such as facilities and settings where employees work as well as access and opportunities for health promotion provided by the surrounding community where employees live