Well-organized health and wellness programs have the capacity to improve employeesâ€™ generalized well-being. Consequently, the development of such initiatives is very common in organizations today, with HR professionals playing a key role in organizing and championing employee health and wellness. Â
Your assignment this week is to first watch the On-the-Job video of Stew Leonardâ€™s health and wellness program that is located in the online Mind Tap content associated with this course. Watching this video will give you an excellent example of a company that has an exceptional health and wellness program. One of the reasons people want to work at Stew Leonardâ€™s is its great benefits, but the company also emphasizes health and wellness with a variety of programs. For example, a healthcare center in the store is staffed by a registered nurse who answers employee questions. To control healthcare expenses, Stew Leonardâ€™s invests in health and wellness, helps employees solve healthcare problems, and educates employees about healthcare costs. Because of the companyâ€™s efforts, 85% of its employees and their families are up to date on their physicals, an unusually high percentage. A wellness committee creates programs that encourage healthy activities. Stew Leonardâ€™s has a director of safety and wellness, and each store has a safety committee that meets monthly. As an incentive, employees are rewarded with a pizza party if their store doesnâ€™t have a safety incident in 30 days. When employees donâ€™t have to worry about health and safety issues, they can focus on the customers.
After watching the video, identify another company that has an excellent health and wellness program and write a short, 2-page report on the company’s practices. You should focus specifically on the policies and approaches the company utilizes to enhance employee health and wellness.
To identify key information, look through reputable news outlets and business publications (online and/or print) for stories about your selected company’s health and wellness efforts. To better understand these approaches, you should be somewhat familiar with the company in terms of background, industry, operations, and/or culture.