Office well being promotion packages are rising within the U.S., in line with researchers on the College of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings Faculty of International Public Well being, the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, and RTI Worldwide. Almost half of all workplaces within the nation supply some stage of well being promotion or wellness packages and 17% of workplaces with 50 or extra workers supply complete office well being promotion packages.
Laura Linnan, professor within the Division of Well being Habits at UNC Gillings Faculty of International Public Well being and founding director of the Carolina Collaborative for Analysis on Work and Well being, is lead creator of the examine which printed on April 22 within the American Journal of Well being Promotion.
The 2017 Office Well being in America Survey is the newest nationwide survey of office well being promotion packages, and the primary of its variety in 13 years. The survey assessed the present standing of employer-based well being promotion packages, addressing diet, stress, bodily exercise, alcohol and substance abuse, sleep and quite a lot of different well being matters.
Many office well being promotion packages addressed solely sure elements of well being and wellness. In distinction, complete office well being promotion packages embrace supportive social and bodily environments, linkages to associated packages, well being education schemes, integration of packages into the group’s construction, and well being screenings with acceptable follow-up and training. The group discovered that three components have been unbiased predictors of getting a complete well being promotion program: at the very least one one that was assigned duty for this system, a price range and several other years of expertise with well being promotion programming.
Different key findings from the examine included:
- The share of worksites with a office well being promotion program elevated with the scale of the employer, starting from 39% of worksites with 10-24 workers, to 60% of worksites with 50-99 workers, to 92% of worksites with 500 or extra workers
- Virtually 30% of worksites supplied some sort of program to handle bodily exercise, health, or sedentary habits
- About 19% of worksites supplied a program to assist workers cease utilizing tobacco merchandise
- About 17% of worksites supplied a program to handle weight problems or weight administration
“Most American adults work, and plenty of spend half or extra of their waking hours at work,” Linnan mentioned. “The place we work, how lengthy we work, the circumstances of our work, who we work with — all of those components affect our well being. Employers have a possibility to form work environments and work circumstances in ways in which help worker well being. The Office Well being in America Survey identifies gaps in information to assist practitioners and researchers set the agenda for future progress in employee and office well being.”
The examine’s outcomes recommend that small employers will want centered consideration, as they have an inclination to supply fewer well being packages, insurance policies and advantages than bigger employers. Provided that small employers are likely to have sources for security, one technique that the analysis group recognized is to search for methods to combine security and well being promotion packages in ways in which create a tradition of well being for all workers.