Workplace Health: What Makes the Biggest Difference?

The government Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest a planned approach to building a healthier workplace, including an assessment of workplace health risks and employee concerns; a planning process for health programs; implementation; and evaluation. They suggest that the workplace health and wellness approach should embrace health-related programs, worksite policies and employee benefits, as well as environmental studies.

While physical health may be the first aspect that comes to mind in defining a healthier workplace, emotional health is also important. For emotional health, it is vital to feel appreciated, secure in one’s job and satisfied in a job well done; friendship and support from co-workers are also essential.

If you would like to express your opinion on what makes the biggest difference in workplace health and wellness, take the poll on LinkedIn at Let’s Talk Health Care or leave your comments here.

Disclosure: I’ve partnered with Harvard Pilgrim on this sponsored post. However, the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. You can find more ways to be well at HarvardPilgrim.org/CountUsIn and Let’s Talk Health Care.

 

 

Making the Workplace Healthier: What Is on Your Wish Llist?

When you consider that I’m barely over five feet tall, you’ll understand why, on my wish list for a healthier workplace, ergonomics ranks pretty high. Standard office desks are too tall; I have to raise my chair to properly fit the desk and then put a boxlid under my feet to prevent them from dangling. With unlimited resources and control over a work environment, I would allow employees to design their own work spaces, whether that involved a standing desk, a yoga ball for a chair or a designer boxlid underfoot.

When I was a young mother, onsite child care would have beaten out ergonomics. The search for affordable, dependable and happy child care consumed energy and time. Even after my child reached school age, I needed to arrange for before school or after school babysitters. Onsite child care would have eased a lot of stress and distraction.

What would be on your wish list if you had unlimited resources to make your workplace healthier? Check out the discussion on LinkedIn.

Disclosure: I’ve partnered with Harvard Pilgrim on this sponsored post. However, the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. You can find more ways to be well at HarvardPilgrim.org/CountUsIn and Let’s Talk Health Care.