S. Jolly Healthy Workplace Initiatives


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An overview presentation of implementing healthy workplace initiatives, including a brief overview of UBC's Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program Fund. Presented on June 11, 2009, at the Focus On People Town Hall (UBC Vancouver).

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    1. 1. On the Way to Wellness: A Closer Look at Healthy Workplace Initiatives Suzanne Jolly, M. Ed HSE Coordinator (Health Promotion Programs) Department of Health, Safety and Environment
    2. 2. Why Invest in Prevention? <ul><li>The cost of prevention is less than the cost of treatment. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Health Promotion <ul><li>“ Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health.” </li></ul><ul><li>World Health Organization, 2009 </li></ul>
    4. 4. Why do we care about health/wellness at work? <ul><ul><li>Reduce absenteeism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase retention and recruitment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase productivity and work satisfaction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase communication and teamwork </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop further safety and security in the workplace </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Three Major Components of Health/Wellness Individual Environmental Organizational
    6. 6. Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program Fund <ul><li>The fund is part of the Focus on People Framework strategy #1 “To develop a sustainable, healthy workplace”.   </li></ul><ul><li>Applications are usually for a maximum of $5, 000, but larger applications are also considered. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program Fund <ul><li>A fund designed to support health workplace initiatives and share examples of good practice. </li></ul><ul><li>It is available to all UBC departments, units and operational committees. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program Recipients- Fall 2008 <ul><li>Botanical Gardens </li></ul><ul><li>UBC Bookstore </li></ul><ul><li>Centre for Blood Research </li></ul><ul><li>Electrical and Computer Engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Education (UBC O)  </li></ul><ul><li>UBC Food Services </li></ul><ul><li>Parking and Access Control Services </li></ul><ul><li>QPR: Suicide Prevention </li></ul><ul><li>Student Financial Assistance and Awards </li></ul><ul><li>Supply Management </li></ul><ul><li>Surgery </li></ul><ul><li>Funding Total: $46, 723 </li></ul>
    9. 9. Healthy Workplace Program Fund Recipients: Spring 2009 <ul><li>College of Interdisciplinary Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Dean's Office, Faculty of Education </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability Office </li></ul><ul><li>Office of the Vice-President, Students </li></ul><ul><li>Health and Wellness (UBCO) </li></ul><ul><li>Department of Health, Safety and Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Centre for Teaching and Academic Growth </li></ul><ul><li>Multidisciplinary Recipients </li></ul><ul><li>Yoga/Pilates : Human Resources, UBC Continuing Studies, Go Global, Athletics and Recreation </li></ul><ul><li>Health Assessments: Campus Security, Faculty of Forestry, Athletics and Recreation </li></ul><ul><li>Health/Wellness Workshops: Faculty of Forestry, Library, Sauder Health and Safety Committee, Campus Security </li></ul><ul><li>Funding Total: $53,277 </li></ul>
    10. 10. When and How Do I Apply? <ul><li>Check the Department of Health, Safety and Environment’s website in mid-July to find the application form and criteria. </li></ul><ul><li>The next round of applications will be due in late October and awarded in early November. </li></ul>
    11. 11. Examples of Healthy Workplace Initiatives
    12. 12. Student Financial Assistance & Awards <ul><li>Developed criteria of what good health/wellness programs would be for their office: </li></ul><ul><li>Fun </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes team building </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone can participate </li></ul><ul><li>Is in our control (within Student Financial Assistance & Awards) </li></ul><ul><li>Is sustainable </li></ul><ul><li>Can be implemented now </li></ul><ul><li>Makes a big impact </li></ul>
    13. 13. Student Financial Assistance & Awards <ul><li>Identified 5 actions for the office: </li></ul><ul><li>Improve physical office space with cleanliness, plants, furniture and natural light </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporate fitness activities during the work day </li></ul><ul><li>Provide opportunities for group challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage healthy nutrition </li></ul><ul><li>Create mental health opportunities/provide meditation opportunities </li></ul>
    14. 14. UBC Food Services <ul><li>Personal Health & Wellness Handbook UBC FOOD SERVICES RESIDENCE PEDOMETER CHALLENGE 2008/09 </li></ul>
    15. 15. UBC Library <ul><li>Staff developed and coordinated programs, based upon employee input. </li></ul><ul><li>Developed a plan, which focused on: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Employee Recognition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wellness @ Work (Workshop Series) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library Safety Session (annual event) </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. Faculty of Medicine www.med.ubc.ca/health
    17. 17. Putting Health and Wellness In the Office <ul><li>Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul>
    18. 18. Traditional Ways of Addressing Needs <ul><li>One Time Workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Physical Fitness and Food Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Pamphlets, Posters and Emails </li></ul>
    19. 19. Free (and Sustainable) Ways to Promote Health <ul><li>Potlucks </li></ul><ul><li>Walking, Running, Stretching Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Community Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Support Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Staff/Faculty Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Organizational Changes (policies and practices) </li></ul><ul><li>Show and Tell, Share and Do </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership programs with HPP </li></ul>
    20. 20. The Six Dimensions of Health Based on Bill Hettler’s “Wellness Wheel” (1979). Occupational Intellectual Social Spiritual Emotional Physical A Healthy UBC for Staff and Faculty
    21. 21. Some Things to Consider (as an Organization) <ul><li>Needs vs. Wants </li></ul><ul><li>Being realistic </li></ul><ul><li>Focusing on outcomes and developing clear targets </li></ul><ul><li>Motivating others through empowerment </li></ul><ul><li>Lowering barriers </li></ul><ul><li>Readiness for change? </li></ul>
    22. 22. Some Things to Consider (as an Individual) <ul><li>Are you the best suited? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it really just for *you* ? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have the power, access or energy? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you let others lead their initiative(s)? </li></ul><ul><li>What is really do-able? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there readiness for change? </li></ul>
    23. 23. Thinking Strategically to Conserve Resources <ul><li>Create rituals </li></ul><ul><li>Share responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>Use existing programs </li></ul><ul><li>Develop flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate with like-minded departments </li></ul><ul><li>Start with what is easy </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for help and for permission </li></ul><ul><li>Use peer to peer influence </li></ul>
    24. 24. Opportunities to Partner with Health Promotion Programs <ul><li>Breastfeeding spaces </li></ul><ul><li>See Healthy UBC Programs Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Healthy UBC Network </li></ul><ul><li>Office Ergonomics Representative Program </li></ul><ul><li>Wellness Mentor Program (2010) </li></ul>
    25. 25. Brainstorm Session <ul><li>Create a plan for one initiative in your department/unit. </li></ul><ul><li>What are the needs of your department/unit? </li></ul><ul><li>What are things that you can change today? </li></ul><ul><li>Who are your allies? Who do you need to woo? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you looking at initiatives that address the individual, the organization or the environment? (Do you have the time/energy/power to change all or some of these?) </li></ul>
    26. 26. Thank you for helping us create a Healthy UBC. <ul><li>Suzanne Jolly, M.Ed </li></ul><ul><li>HSE Coordinator (Health Promotion Programs) </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: 604-822-8762 </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Website: www.hse.ubc.ca </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: www.twitter.com/healthyubc </li></ul>