1. What does being a healthy business mean to your organization? How does it reflect the company’s values and business goals?
At the committee’s last advising session, we came up with an overarching value statement for our workplace wellness program.
“Colorado Rural Health Center’s overarching vision for the future of their employee health and safety programs is to help employees modify their lifestyles and move toward an optimal state of wellness by offering worksite health and wellness interventions.”
The vision of our wellness program directly correlates with our organization’s values and mission which advocates access to quality healthcare fostering the health and wellbeing of Coloradoans. One of our primary business goals is sustaining healthcare throughout rural Colorado. Supporting and advocating quality healthcare throughout the state of Colorado provides a strong foundation that can allow people of Colorado to cultivate healthy lifestyles.
2. How has Health Links helped Colorado Rural Health Center build a culture of health and safety?
Health Links supports our ongoing efforts by connecting our staff to outside resources that can evaluate the current wellness program, identify the program strengths and successes as well as solicit needs of employees to assist us in developing future goals and activities to support our employee’s healthy lifestyles. Last year, our Health Links advisor connected us to subject experts to assist us in conducting individual ergonomic assessments for employees. Health Links also helped connect us with other organizations like ours and provides a other great networking opportunities that were not previously identified.
3. What changes have you seen among your employees, their families, and the surrounding community as a result of your program(s)?
We have seen employees making healthier choices and participating in programing that supports a healthy lifestyle.
4. Does your health and safety program help give back to your community?
A portion of our programing is dedicated to support other charitable campaigns that give back to the community. For example, our program also supports some of the local donation drives (i.e. toys for tots, sporting equipment drives, etc.)
5. What tip/advice would you give to a business that is considering starting a workplace health and safety program?
It is extremely beneficial to join a local group and/or attend Health Links sponsored events to network with other like-businesses and learn what others are working on in terms of workplace wellness. There is value in collaborating with other businesses, sharing successes as well as challenges and developing an understanding of how other programs have overcome their challenges. Doing this can definitely start a wellness program on the right track. Ultimately, aligning program initiatives with the existing culture of a specific workforce is key in setting the environment in which a wellness program will prosper.