WORKPLACE WELLNESS

As employers, cities have many reasons to enhance workplace wellness, from increased morale and increased alertness to fewer sick days and a positive impact on health care costs. Cities can use personnel and workplace policies to create environments that support employees in eating healthier and becoming more physically active. Policy and programs to promote employee health are described in the Campaign’s factsheet: Be a City with a Healthy Workforce.

 

Workplace Wellness Policies

Some cities have passed resolutions requiring a focus on workplace wellness. Others have established wellness committees that assess the nutrition and physical activity environment within the workplace, survey employees about their needs and interests, implement programs and recommend policy changes.

Examples of Local Policies

 

City of Ashland Wellness Program.

City of Corvallis Worksite Wellness Program.

City of Astoria Wellness Policy.

Resources

Kaiser Permanente Thrive at Work Resource Center. 2016. This online toolkit has tools to help create a culture of health at work, from engaging employees and leadership to addressing specific workplace health issues.

The California Fit Business Kit Tools. Champions for Change. 2012. This toolkit is one of the best we have seen, even if it is from California. It is intended to increase access to fruits and vegetables and physical activity during the workday. These tools can be used individually or as part of a comprehensive worksite wellness program. Most importantly, the tools can assist employers and employees who are interested in combating declining employee health and ever-increasing health care costs.

Opening Up the Stairwells for Physical Activity. ChangeLab Solutions. 2012. A fact sheet that summarizes research on opening stairwells for use by employees or the public. The findings suggest that it this action is not likely to lead to any significant increase in risk for building owners, managers or tenants.[/DDet]

 

Include Health Breaks During the Work Day

Cities are building health breaks or healthy behaviors into the work day through incorporating 10-minute physical activity breaks or stretch breaks, encouraging taking the stairs, and collaborating on stress management and wellness workshops.

Examples of Local Policies

Community gardening for employee wellness. City of Albany.

Resources

Under development. Please contact Campaign staff for more information

Institute Healthy Meetings

A healthy meeting policy that provides guidelines for food and beverages and prescribes activity breaks for longer meetings can help employees stay alert, focused and healthy. The University of California has an excellent online guide to healthy meetings and events.

Under development. Please contact Campaign staff for more information.

Improve Breastfeeding Accommodations for Employees

Because breastfed babies have less illness, support for breastfeeding mothers results in reduced employee absenteeism to care for ill children, along with improved employee productivity and higher morale. City breastfeeding policies can enhance state-mandated accommodations so that mothers are more supported to pump their milk at work.

Examples of Local Policies

Resources

Under development. Please contact Campaign staff for more information.