Health Links (HL): Why is the health and safety of your employees important to you?
Town of Frisco (TF): The Town of Frisco wants to provide a healthy environment to our employees where they feel cared for and appreciated.
HL: What does your workplace health and safety program look like? Do you offer both components to employees?
TF: We offer safety training and we have an “open door” culture. We do audits and follow up regarding any accidents or injuries to learn from them and to ensure that they are prevented in the future. Employees are willing to ask for help and assist each other when help is needed. Also, we offer a wellness program called MyFit, which promotes healthy habits, activities, team building, learning and development. Employees are rewarded for trying new activities and/or maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
HL: How will you/do you know your program is successful?
TF: We measure participation in our activities, review our aggregate report from our Health Risk Assessment and biometric screening, and lastly, we survey the employees to obtain their feedback.
HL: What obstacles did you have to overcome to get your program started? How did you overcome them?
TF: We had to dedicate some significant time to put a plan together, and we have learned that the plan needs to change based on employees’ interests and lifestyles.
HL: Does your health and safety program help give back to your community?
TF: Our citizens do not participate in our workplace activities, but we do a Town clean up activity, hikes where employees can explore new trails in the community, and marina activities at our lake. The Town of Frisco believes that if employees learn about our community, they will talk to their friends and family and promote these activities, and this will make our community more sustainable.
HL: What tip/advice would you give to a business that is considering starting a workplace health and safety program?
TF: Go for it! It’s worth the time and investment in your employees and community. It’s a win-win for everyone. Be patient and be willing to evolve.