Hello everyone! My name is Glynis and I am an intern here at On the Goga. I am a recent graduate of West Chester University where I studied Public Health and Nutrition. One of my many roles here, aside from participating in mindful sushi dinners and practicing mimosa yoga, is to research and report on topics surrounding workplace wellness. Through this series, I will take you on my journey of understanding the origins of worksite wellness, why it works, why it (sometimes) fails, and what it means for the future of the American workplace.
A little about me
While I’m not busy with my duties here at On the Goga, I am practicing yoga on and off the mat: paddleboarding, spending time with family and friends, cooking, practicing mindfulness, discovering new parts of Philly, and so much more! For me, yoga and mindfulness is more than what meets the mat; almost everything you do can be considered a practice.
I love to teach myself new information through inquiry and inform others of what I've learned. So, yes, I’m writing for fun! I also hope that through these posts, you, the reader, can learn something new.
First things first, what is a workplace wellness program?
How is it defined? The CDC says that a workplace wellness program is a comprehensive set of health promotion and protection strategies implemented at the worksite. This includes programs, policies, benefits, environmental supports, and links to the surrounding community designed to encourage health and safety for all employees. They also state that these programs should be addressing 5 key points: purpose, social, financial, community, and physical.
Don’t worry about the ambiguity of this definition; by the end of this series, you’ll not only understand it better, but hopefully have your own idea of what workplace wellness really is. In the meantime, think about your company’s wellness program:
- What do you like or dislike about it?
- If you don’t have or don’t participate in a wellness program offering, why?
- What would your ideal wellness program comprise of, what do you need?
Think about these questions and what workplace wellness might mean to you. Stay tuned for next week when we go back in time to see what workplace wellness looked like from infancy to adolescence.
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