EMPLOYEES WELLNESS PROGRAM

Service Provision & membership affiliation
February 3, 2017
SWABCHA PROGRAM 1
May 1, 2014

Employee Workplace wellness is an organized, employer-sponsored program that is designed to support employees (and, sometimes, their families) as they adopt and sustain behaviours that reduce health risks, improve quality of life, enhance personal effectiveness, and benefit the organization. The program is based on employee’s needs, companies need to establish a core set of interventions from an available menu of options that includes a mix of program (education and coaching), body health screenings, policy formulation and implementation, support systems and counselling, and those programs that target physical activity, nutrition, and alcohol &tobacco abuse by employees. The Swaziland Business Coalition on Health and AIDS advocates that all workplaces in Swaziland must have running effective wellness program. This program must ensure that HIV/AIDS & TB form part of the agenda of the health issues to be addressed. In most cases it is advised that there be an officer designated for the Wellness program activities implementation for its effectiveness. A comprehensive wellness program focuses but not limited to the following dimensions:

  • Physical Wellness: ability to maintain a healthy body through physical activity (exercise), diet, and relaxation.
  • Social Wellness: ability to relate to and connect with other people
  • Spiritual Wellness: ability to establish peace and harmony
  • Occupational Wellness: ability to get personal fulfilment from chosen career field
  • Intellectual Wellness: ability to have open minds for new ideas and experiences applicable to personal and work life
  • Environmental Wellness: ability to recognise our own responsibility for quality air, water, and land
  • Financial Wellness: ability to have satisfaction with current and future financial situations
  • Emotional Wellness: the ability to understand ourselves and cope effectively with challenges life can bring

Benefits of a wellness program

  • Reduction of sick leave
  • Healthy and motivated staff
  • Reduction of Staff turnover
  • Increased workplace morale and productivity
  • Improved company image and employer of choice
  • Long serving employees, preserving organisational culture
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