Worksite Wellness Resources
Wisconsin Worksite Wellness Kit
The new 2010 Worksite Wellness Resource Kit (Dec 2010) is a tool to assist worksites with implementing strategies that have been proven to be effective. The second edition of the kit provides additional information based on feedback from pilot users during the past year.
The kit provides information to implement a broad range of strategies or programming. Some will require very little or no resources, while other strategies may require considerable resources. The kit shows you ways to get started and make a difference in the health of your employees, regardless of the size of your worksite and its available resources.
Wellness Council of America (WELCOA)
WELCOA is a membership organization offering numerous resources for workplace wellness programs. Many resources are available for free download, while some resources are available only to WELCOA members.
Take a look at WELCOA's Creating Well Workplaces site and Small Business page, and visit the Wellness Council of Wisconsin website for information from the local chapter as well.
What's the potential return on investment for your organization's wellness program? WellSteps offers a free ROI calculator.
To complete the ROI Calculator, you will need three pieces of information: How much your company spent on health care over the past 12 months; the average percentage increase in health care costs over the past five years; and how many benefits eligible employees you have. You can get additional projections if you know the percentage of your employees who are obese and who smoke.
Working for Health Success Stories
In an effort to lead by example and encourage broad adoption of workforce wellness, members of the region's Healthcare Leadership Collaborative share stories of their success with employee wellness programs.
Read their advice to employers interested in starting or improving workforce wellness programs, and view their individual stories below.
Working for Health Success Stories (entire booklet)
Black River Memorial Hospital
Dean Health Plan
Divine Savior Healthcare
Group Health Cooperative
Home Health United
St. Mary's Hospital
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The Business Case for Wellness
Formal wellness programs have been shown to provide a return on investment of $3:$1 for businesses through lower healthcare costs and reduced absenteeism (Wellness Council of America).
A December 2010 Harvard Business Review study found that comprehensive, well-run employee wellness programs can deliver an ROI as high as 6:1.
In the Madison Region, healthcare leaders envision healthier workplaces as a regional competitive advantage, driving down healthcare costs for area employers and increasing employee engagement and productivity.
Employee Health & Fitness Month
Employee Health and Fitness Month (EHFM) is an international and national observance of health and fitness in the workplace. The goal of EHFM is to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle to employers and their employees through worksite health promotion activities and environments. Formerly National Employee Health & Fitness Day, EHFM has been extended to a month-long initiative in an effort to generate sustainability for a healthy lifestyle and initiate healthy activities on an ongoing basis.
Wisconsin Wellness Conferences
Wellness Council of Wisconsin's 21st Annual Worksite Wellness Conference
September 14, 2011, Green Bay