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Wellness Policy Sample
Ensure that your wellness policy statements are unique to your organization, are goal-directed, uplifting and emphasize collaboration with employees.
Policy - sample
Ref: Excellence Canada
Develop a policy that promotes the well-being of employees ensures that Healthy Workplace Month happens year round.
Creation of a Healthy Workplace Policy
Source: Middlesex-London Health Unit
Healthy Lifestyle Presentations
5 Newsletter Tips
No one wants to read a text-heavy newsletter, or one over 2 pages in length
Never send email newsletters as attachment, they are likely to go to junk filters, and recipients are unlikely to take the time to open attachments
Test, Test, and Test again!
Test all email newsletters more than once to ensure that they are received as you intended them
Give them what they want!
Ask your recipients what topics they would like to know more about, and how often they would like to receive correspondences, and always try and use the newest most interesting information
Post newsletters in visible places like behind bathroom doors and at front desks. Hand them out only if relevant in meetings or Lunch & Learns and use social media to boost viewership on your content.
Ref: Excellence Canada
Inga Graves, Workplace Wellness & Health Promotion, Centennial College, 2015
Mental Health Awareness - Lunch & Learns
Build awarenss about mental health issues in the workplace with lunch and learn sessions for all employees and/or leaders.
Working Through It.
Resources that can be used to build awareness, including videos, guides and weekly emails
Tools for developing leaders knowledge and skills to manage mental health issues in the workplace.
Ref: Workplace Safety& Prevention Services (WSPS)
Posters: Templates and Samples
Posters are a great way to communicate important information to employees quickly and easily. Make sure to hang posters in high-traffic areas and consider places where employees will face them, like the backs of doors and lunch room bulletin boards.
Good Sleep Hygiene!
Increase awareness of this critical business issue! One in three working-age adults regularly fail to get enough sleep! [i]
The key way your workplace can actively promote good sleep health, is to role model behavior!
Demonstrate that working long hours in exchange for reduced sleep is counterproductive and should not be encouraged. Here are some tips for educating your workforce:
Source: GCC Insights 2016
- Schedule and role model sleep –friendly work hours
- Discourage emails after hours and on weekends
- Allow nap breaks when appropriate
- Provide education about sleep and screening for sleep disorders
- Prohibit forced or coerced overtime
Fatigue Prevention in the Workplace - Guidebook
Source: Work Safe Victoria
Sleep Hygiene - presentation
Source: Excellence Canada
[i] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 3 Adults Don’t Get Enough Sleep .CDC. 2016
Business Case for a Healthy Workplace
Developing a Business Case is an essential starting point for your wellness program. See the attached Business Case resource to help you make a strong argument for employee well-being and organizational health!
The Business Case for Health and Safety
Workplace Safety and Prevention Services Ontario
Business Case for Mental Health
Great-West Life Workplace Strategies for Mental Health in the Workplace
Making the Business Case for Investments in Workplace Health and Wellness
Ref: Conference Board of Canada pdf - June 2012
Creating Healthy Workplaces - Guide
Ref: Industrial Accident Prevention Association (IAPA) /Workplace Safety& Prevention Services (WSPS)
Healthy Workplace Journey - Guide
Ref: Health and Safety Ontario/ Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
Hygiene Wellness - The Business Case
Ref: Kimberly-Clark Professional
Stress Management Tools
Managing stress in the workplace includes identifying the primary sources of stress, teaching employees about techniques to manage their stress and using planning tools to address stress in the workplace.
Here are some tools:
Employee Financial Wellbeing
- Think Differently About Money
- Financial Well-Being in the Workplace
- Financial Well-Being and Stress Report
Source: Employee Financial Well-Being
Healthy Habits That Work - Webinar
Kick start your Healthy Workplace Initiatives!
Considering that the average Canadian spends 36 hours at work per week, it's not surprising that the workplace can significantly affect overall health and well-being. Get up to speed on healthy habits you can adopt during your working hours.
In this webinar you'll learn numerous practical strategies for eating better, keeping active, improving the physical environment, and staying mentally fit - and discover the roles that both employers and workers can play in achieving and maintaining a healthy work/life balance.
Ref: Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)
Wellness Program Planning
Educate and engage employees in planning healthy activities to enhance their health.
Launch activities in your workplace that will boost morale and celebrate health at work.
Source: Wellness Fits – Canadian Cancer SocietyWorkplace wellness modules and educate tools to promote the health and well-being of your employees!