Employee Health & Wellness
In actively engaging in the promotion and support of the work by members to deliver health & wellness across the New Zealand population, NZFGC member companies start their health & wellness programmes ‘at home’ by implementing employee health & wellness programmes.
Value Proposition for Employee Health & Wellness
As a result of the survey undertaken by NZFGC in 2014 on Employee Health & Wellness programmes, an issue emerged that some companies were interested in the value proposition for such programmes.
The following is a selection of articles on this topic.
What winning at wellness looks like by Mark McGraw : discusses the US Chamber of Commerce Winning at Wellness Report (Mar 2016) which is designed to “demystify” health promotion initiatives, looking at some of the “fundamentals of workplace wellness programs,” and which sets out “10 Essential Steps in Designing a Workplace Wellness Program”. http://blog.hreonline.com/2016/04/27/what-winning-at-wellness-looks-like/
Winning at Wellness Report, US Chamber of Commerce. Covers US employer best practices and design of wellness programmes, the win-win strategy of wellness programmes and wellness incentives.
Well-being at work: a review of the literature by the New Economics Foundation (UK
The report presents the evidence-base of the drivers of well-being at work as well as its positive impacts. It also explains how this evidence has been used to create the Happiness at Work survey, a new interactive employee survey tool that assesses the strengths and weaknesses of teams and organisations in regard to their well-being at work. Section 4 deals specifically with “The benefits of focussing on Employee Wellbeing”. http://www.neweconomics.org/publications/entry/well-being-at-work
Blue-collar workplaces: a setting for reducing heart health inequalities in New Zealand? Brad Novak, Chris Bullen, Philippa Howden-Chapman, Simon Thornley (NZMJ 120:1261
The aim of the research was to review the evidence for the effectiveness of workplaces as settings for cardiovascular health promotion and reduction of heart health inequalities in New Zealand. The method applied was a literature review and structured appraisal of 154 articles meeting inclusion criteria. The reviewed studies showed that workplaces have good potential as settings for health promotion. The authors found mixed but largely supportive evidence that workplace interventions can lead to improvements in health outcomes, workplace environments, lifestyles, and productivity. The conclusion was that employers and workers in blue-collar industries in particular should be encouraged to participate in comprehensive heart health promotion programmes as a strategy for reducing existing socioeconomic and ethnic disparities in health. http://www.ana.org.nz/sites/default/files/Blue%20collar%20workplaces.pdf
A Guide to Promoting Health and Wellness in the Workplace: Healthy employees are productive employees
Regional Public Health
This practical resource has been developed to assist workplaces to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees. It provides a step by step guide, tools and examples of how to implement a health and wellness programme in the workplace and provides all the necessary steps for a well designed, comprehensive and effective programme that supports employees to lead a healthy lifestyle. The resource includes how to get started, implement and evaluate a health and wellness programme.
Practitioners and Resources for Health & Wellness
The following (alpha order) provides a selection of practitioners in Health & Wellness who might be able to assist in getting you started. NZFGC takes no responsibility for their service but simply provides the links as options. Further suggestions are included in the Regional Public Health publication: A Guide to Promoting Health and Wellness in the Workplace: Healthy employees are productive employees
Regional Public Health
ACC resources (various) www.acc.co.nz
Active Smart provides free online and customised training plans designed by experts to suit your fitness goals. It gives you the ability to tailor your fitness plan, give training alerts, up to date weather forecasts, a training journal, calendar and the ability to track your progress. HabitAtWork is an educational tool promoting self-help and problem solving for preventing and managing discomfort, pain and injury. Work Smart Tips is a free online tool that lets you customise health and safety and wellness information (or ‘smart tips’) specific to your workplace, employees, and colleagues. The Discomfort, Pain and Injury Programme has been ACC's approach to addressing musculoskeletal issues in the workplace. It provides tools, information and training for those responsible for workplace health and safety, and also for professionals who work in health, injury prevention and injury management.
Arthritis New Zealand www.arthritis.org.nz
Catalyst Risk Management: Has developed a range of support services designed to offer organisations tailored workplace health solutions in addition to claims and injury management services. Our goal is to assist organisations to improve the physical health of their employees, improve productivity and support workplaces to achieve health and wellbeing objectives. Tel: 0800 835 586
Compass Health: Diabetes education; Nutrition and physical activity for health; Health screening and wellness education'; GP enrolment waiting list assistance; Links to nurses and primary mental health teams; Population Health Team. Tel: (04) 801 7808
Diabetes Wellington www.diabetes.org.nz
Greater Wellington Regional Council: Can provide tools and resources all year round to help workplaces promote walking and cycling to staff; Can support workplaces with workplace travel plans and sustainable transport initiatives
Health and Productivity Institute of New Zealand www.hapinz.co.nz
Health Promotion Agency
Heartbeat Challenge – Auckland Regional Public Health Service www.workplacehealth.co.nz
Kites: Provides information on mental health and addiction services in the Wellington region as well as supports people with mental health and addiction problems. Tel: (04) 384 3303 Email: email@example.com
Mental Health Foundation www.heartfoundation.org.nz/healthy-living
Sport Wellington: Ofers stand-alone onsite programmes, such as workplace wellness sessions or days. These onsite programmes can also be linked to events, such as employee training programmes for our signature Wellington event, AMI Round the Bays, or conferences. Tel: (04) 380 2070 or 027 230
Te Awakairangi Health Network (Hutt Valley based):Group nutrition education workshops, Group cooking programmes, Diabetes or cardiovascular education, Advice around workplace canteens or cafeterias, Education about workplace resilience and positive mental health, Workplace education about easy ways to keep moving, Workplace activity plans Tel: (04) 576 8602
Wellington City Council, Hutt City Council, Upper Hutt City Council, Porirua City Council, Kapiti Coast District Council
Workfit - Sport Hawkes Bay www.sportsground.co.nz/workfithb
WorkWell - Toi Te Ora Public Health Service www.workwell.health.nz
Survey of Employee H&W Programmes
FGC surveyed members in March 2015 to determine the extent of employee health & wellness programmes in member companies. Key highlights were:
- Food and grocery companies are strongly supportive of their employees through a range of health & wellness programmes
- Employee enthusiasm for programmes varies for a range of reasons
- Size of company is no indicator of extent of programmes
- Programmes reflect the expected as well as the inventive that supportive companies working with employees can generate.
Summaries of a selection of Employee Programmes
A range of FGC companies have provided summaries of some of the programmes they support for Employee Health & Wellness. These are:
- Because We Care (Mars)
- Better for you (Chelsea Sugar)
- Employee Assistance Programme (EAP – Lion)
- Quit Smoking Bus (Griffins)
- Quit Smoking (Nestlé)
- Flu vouchers (Nestlé)
- Cook for Life (Nestlé)
- Healthy Diet (Nestlé)
- Health Checks (Griffins)
- Nutrition Policies in Straff Canteen (Sanitarium)