WorkWELL in Your WorksPACE
Wellness is much more than being physically healthy, or free from illness and/or disease. Wellness is a sense of health in all aspects of one’s life including: mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, socially and environmentally.
PACE demonstrates this commitment by providing and maintaining a healthy, safe and secure workplace environment that goes above and beyond mandated Health & Safety legislation. PACE has implemented a comprehensive Employee Wellness Program, including the launching of an Employee Assistance Program in addition to organizational programs and initiatives.
PACE believes that a positive, healthy work environment contributes to an organization’s overall success. Healthy employees are vital to achieving a productive workforce. It is with the understanding that an individual’s health is influenced by many interconnected factors. Therefore, efforts to promote employee health must take a comprehensive healthy workplace approach to address these factors. Sustaining a healthy workplace culture works to respond to the diverse and unique needs of each and every employee within the agency. Therefore, participation by employees at all levels is imperative to successfully creating a sustainable, healthy workplace. Employees and management are encouraged to work together in supporting workplace health and wellness initiatives.
Healthy Workplace Wellness Model
Health and Safety / Physical Environment
Health and Safety and physical environment refers to efforts to reduce the physical and chemical hazards in PACE work environments with the goal of reducing work-related injury, illness, and disability.
Voluntary Health Practices
This section refers to efforts to increase awareness and behavior change about personal health choices. The workplace is an important setting in which almost any lifestyle behavior can be addressed, should the needs of the employees indicate interest. There is evidence that short-term changes in individual behavior and even improvements in productivity can occur as a result of this type of intervention.
Organizational Change / Workplace Culture
Organizational change and workplace culture initiatives focus on changing or improving the organizational working environment. Elements of the organizational environment include leadership style, management practices, the way in which work is organized, employee autonomy and control, and social support.
Health Promotion Strategies for Each Intervention:
- Policy Development – includes clear, written policies setting a standard for all workers to follow. Health related policies can improve productivity and morale, enhance employee satisfaction and reduce lost time and staff turnover. Policy development as part of a comprehensive workplace wellness approach demonstrates an organizational commitment to employee well-being and to the agencies values of health.
- Work Environment – includes initiatives to support healthy lifestyle practices among workers and management. Positive organizational culture requires a supportive environment to provide ongoing, sustainable activities, which encourage employer and employee participation in changing health practices and behaviors.
- Education / Skill Building - includes the provision of knowledge, skills and tools necessary to make positive health and lifestyle choices; as well as the skills needed in order to change and support positive behavior.
- Awareness Raising - includes the distribution of resources related to healthy living for all employees on all shifts, in a user friendly manner.