Critical Issues Paper: Health and Wellness

1728 Words Jan 4th, 2007 7 Pages
Introduction According to workers, organizations with significant wellness programs remain a minority. Demographic evidence suggests that the current laissez-faire attitudes toward workplace wellness found in many organizations will soon need to change. It's important to understand those needs to tailor a wellness program to the organization and its people. To be successful, wellness programs must be employee driven and management supported. (Walker, 2004) For the state of workplace wellness the question has been asked, "Is your workplace well"? (Press, 1999) The reality of it all is some of the business leaders just don't get it. Why is stress such an issue? Why is depression such an issue? It there isn't some sensitivity to …show more content…
"Our committee members come from management and the union, and together have a wealth of insights about the health and well-being of our people, and where it needs improvement." (Walker, 2004)
Wellness programs result in much more than reduced absenteeism and lost-time injuries. American Express Canada, the 2001 winner of the National Quality Institute's Healthy Workplace Trophy (NQI is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting excellence in Canadian firms), views workplace wellness as an integral component in its strategy to attract and retain quality workers. "To be the world's best service brand, we need outstanding people interacting with our customers," explains Judy Hatt, the company's director of human resources in Markham, Ont. "That's why one of our corporate objectives is to be a recognized employer of choice. We want people to be healthy and excited to be working here, and our wellness initiatives help us achieve that goal." (Walker, 2004) Many organizations report that wellness programs help improve work environments, in turn leading to greater productivity. In fact, some companies with histories of volatile labour relationships have found that instituting wellness programs can go a long way towards healing the rifts between the company and its employees. (Walker, 2004)
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Dr. James R. Nininger likely didn't mean to startle anyone when he addressed the annual general meeting of the National Institute of Nutrition

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