Worksite wellness policies can have long-term impacts on the health of employees and the community. At the same time, these initiatives can also reduce health care costs, increase productivity, reduce absenteeism and improve employee morale. Many employers have implemented worksite wellness programs to promote the health and well-being of their employees, but have not integrated these programs into written policies. Written worksite wellness policies are critical to the sustainability and effectiveness of worksite wellness efforts. A range of different legal and policy issues must be considered when developing and implementing worksite wellness policies. Well-crafted worksite wellness policies can provide essential direction and leadership in creating a culture of wellness and support for the long-term health and well-being of employees, consumers and the surrounding communities.
Employers across the country are exploring innovative approaches to worksite wellness policies that incorporate a broad vision of health. Increasingly, these initiatives are geared toward improving the health of the workplace through healthy food procurement and tobacco-free policies. As employers seek to reduce health care costs through the improvement of employee health, worksite wellness policies hold great promise in the movement toward greater health, productivity and well-being.