A healthier workplace and healthier employees—that’s the goal of Carleton University’s new Healthy Workplace Committee.
The committee is responsible for developing a program to enhance employee wellness, satisfaction and engagement. It was created as a result of an exhaustive benchmarking project that made a number of recommendations to implement a healthy workplace plan at the university.
“We plan to provide the tools and resources that will inspire faculty and staff to make healthy lifestyle choices,” says Ed Kane, assistant vice-president (University Services) and chair of the Healthy Workplace Committee.
To do that, Kane says the committee will gather information about the types of programs that employees need.
“This will allow us to address the health and wellness concerns that are important to the Carleton community, which could include smoking cessation programs, blood pressure clinics, nutrition workshops, or offering fitness programs in different campus locations.”
Kane says that research of healthy workplace plans at other institutions suggests that such programs lead to improved work-life balance and reduced stress.
It’s for these reasons that Valerie Pereboom, communications and systems co-ordinator in the Faculty of Public Affairs, volunteered for the Healthy Workplace Committee.
“I believe that a healthy physical and mental working environment has a positive effect on employee morale, productivity, and overall sense of well-being—both at work and at home,” she says. “The establishment of this committee is a strong step toward building this kind of environment for Carleton’s employees.”
The committee has already initiated some activities to help employees improve their health and well-being, says Cindy Robinson, the healthy workplace co-ordinator.
“Nearly 250 employees registered for the Every Day in May Physical Activity Challenge and we’ve had a lot of interest in the Commuter Challenge and a campus walking program that will soon be available.”
Robinson also encourages employees to participate in the variety of fun health and wellness activities that will be available on Employee Appreciation Day on June 19.
“Carleton is committed to creating a healthy and people-friendly workplace,” notes Kane. “We can all benefit from this important initiative.”
For more information on the university’s healthy workplace plan, and to share your vision of a healthy workplace, visit: http://carleton.ca/hr/healthy-workplace/meet-the-committee/
- Benefits to employees
- Improve fitness, health, and lifestyle
- Improve work/life balance
- Reduce stress and incidences of injury
- Enhance relationships with co-workers
- Improve morale and engagement
- Improve team spirit and job satisfaction
- Enhance knowledge of healthy lifestyle options