Employee well-being (and your well-being) has many benefits including:
- Greater productivity
- Less injury
- Less unscheduled time off (e.g. calling in sick)
- Work life balance
- Improved morale
- Improved teamwork
- Minimizes rising health care costs
How Can You Encourage Employees to Practice Wellness?
You can prompt employees to be healthier without crossing boundaries. Start understanding what constitutes healthful behaviors. This Healthy IU website has a plethora of evidence-based information.
Look for opportunities to practice self-care and encourage others to do so. For example, do you take and encourage work breaks? Does your staff feel comfortable going for a walk or stretching at break time? Keep in mind you don’t have to be a marathon runner. Caring for yourself and encouraging your employees to do the same speaks volumes.
Follow healthy meeting guidelines when having meetings with food or pitch-ins. You don’t need to eliminate the cookies altogether, but offering healthy options and appropriate portion sizes helps propel a culture of wellness. It is also greatly appreciated by employees with diabetes or those who are trying to lose weight.
Check out Healthy IU Work + Life resources such as:
- Maternal health & lactation support
- Child & parenting
- Elder & adult care
- Alternative work schedules
- And more Healthy IU resources
Learn more about what University Human Resources (UHR) has to offer:
- Training & Organizational Development
- SupportLinc Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- Tobacco cessation
- WW - Weight Watchers
- And more University HR resources
Encourage employees to attend wellness programs and participate in challenges. UHR encourages departments to allow employees to participate in university wellness initiatives, unless job necessity prevents an employee’s participation. To this end, several options are available to employees and/or departments. These options include:
- Permit employee to work a flexible work schedule
- Allow the employee to make up missed time on an hour per hour (minute per minute) basis
- Allow employee to attend wellness initiatives during their lunch or breaks
- Allow employee to use accrued time off (e.g. vacation or compensatory time off)
- Allow employee to take time off without pay or benefits (ABS)
Encourage employees to request flex time soon as possible. Healthy IU classes are published on the website at least one month prior to the start of class. Making the request early allows the supervisor and employee to discuss and arrange attendance considering the above options (e.g. flex schedule, make-up time, etc.).
It’s worth noting that for job-related training, staff employees are not required to use their time-off accruals. In addition, for many university-sponsored programs/events (e.g., flu shot), employees are generally not required to use their time-off accruals.