Community Hospital [CH]: We are honored to continue the achievement of being a Healthy Workplace as we are committed to our employees and the importance of their health, safety, and well-being. We strive to create a culture that promotes a positive and healthy working environment. Additionally, we work to improve employee health through our wellness programs.
HL: How does your organization create a culture of health, safety, and well-being for employees?
CH: Community Hospital offers valuable resources for our employees such as annual health screenings, access to primary care, health coaching, lifestyle programs, and a variety of wellness activities. Employees can take advantage of a variety of tools to continually stay engaged with all areas of wellness. These areas have included physical activity, mental health, financial, nutrition, and social programs.
HL: How has Health Links helped your organization?
CH: Health Links has provided support through the interactive advising session, a Healthy Workplace action plan, and goal setting. We have received valuable ideas, resources, and webinars to continually grow our wellness programs.
HL: What changes have you seen among your employees, their families, or the surrounding community as a result of your program(s)?
CH: Employee wellness participation is continually growing and spouses and families are more engaged to participate. Since the implementation of our Fit Fund, a scholarship program for employees who participate in physical activity events, we have seen an increase in the number of employees who participate in community events such as bike races, join local gyms, and bring their families to participate in 5k runs!
HL: What tips/pieces of advice would you give to a business looking to create a healthier, safe and happier environment?
CH: Community Hospital currently has a wellness committee that meets monthly to discuss and implement our wellness programs. Employees are encouraged to communicate new ideas, volunteer their expertise, and share their suggestions. Wellness is part of the culture in our organization and having the support of leadership is also key to sustaining a strong wellness environment.