Reconsider Your Workplace Wellness Approach

It is tempting to consider workplace wellness from the perspective of what your employees can do themselves to improve their health…from eating better to getting more exercise and sleep.  The research is clear, however, that to make a lasting impact on a workplace’s bottom line, employers need to look at the environment they are creating [...]

Make Connections with Other Workplace Health Champions

The Ontario Workplace Health Coalition is a provincial group with membership from various individuals representing diverse work sectors but all sharing a common passion of addressing health in the workplace.  To learn more about the OWHC visit their site at and check out these two videos: Making a Difference Workplace Health is Important Source:  Peterborough [...]

Making the Business Case for Workplace Wellness

Last year, Dr. Graham Lowe authored a report looking at the Wellness Dividend.  According to his site, the report  ”examines the following topics: The strategic value of wellness Understanding absenteeism and presenteeism Ingredients of effective wellness programs Addressing mental health in the workplace Measuring impact and progress Building healthier organizations.” To read the full report, [...]

Communicating with Employees

In order to be successful in creating a healthy workplace, you will need to make sure that employees are kept informed.  The best way to start is to create a communication plan.  Here are a couple of questions to get your Wellness Committee thinking about how to share and get information from the employees: What [...]

Collecting Information from Employees

Before you develop an action plan, you need to find out what employees think are the priorities in a healthy workplace.  Have the Wellness Committee decide on a survey that could be completed by every employee.  There are a number of surveys available depending on the focus.  If you want to do a general survey [...]

Creating Terms of Reference for Your Wellness Committee

Once your Wellness Committee has formed, the first task is do develop the terms of reference.  It may be helpful to include a mission statement so that everyone is “on the same page.”  Both the mission statement and terms of reference will guide the work of the committee and may also help in recruiting new members.  Here [...]

Getting Employer Commitment

If you really want to make great strides in creating a healthy workplace, the senior executives need to get involved.  You may need to present a business case providing the evidence of the value of investing in employees.  Some employers may see some activities, programs and policies as an expense but, in the long-term, spending [...]

Creating a Healthy Workplace Work Plan

Once your Workplace Wellness Committee is formed and you’ve surveyed the employees to find out what personal and work-related health issues are important, it’s time to create a plan.  To make sure that you address all four components of workplace health (see, we’ve created a template to help you:  Wellness Plan Template.  Be sure to identify [...]

Setting Up a Wellness Committee

The formation of a workplace wellness committee is a major step to building a healthy workplace. Careful consideration will ensure a committee that can: Provide wellness leadership and direction Promote communication between employees and management Recruit staff volunteers and build support for initiatives Identify needs and concerns, and Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of [...]