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Best Practices

Workers Well-Being Programmes

Introduction

Workplace health and well-being programmes keep your employees healthy and productive. These programmes may guard against ill health, or include measures meant to compensate for physical decline as people age.

These programmes come in the form of health workshops, fitness programmes and corporate social responsibility events, or even a well-stocked pantry for your employees.

Benefits of well-being programmes

Healthier employees are more productive

Investing in the well-being of your employees can enable them to become healthier workers. This in turn, translates into higher quality work delivered for your company, as employees are able to focus better and be more efficient. Absenteeism due to illnesses will also reduce.

Healthier employees translate to lower healthcare costs

Healthcare cost for employers come mainly in two forms. Firstly, companies who purchase group insurance for their employees may find their insurance premiums increasing if employees make more claims. This can be a substantial sum for large organisations. Secondly, payouts made to employees for other medical benefits not covered under insurance may also be higher. This includes visits to the GP and specialist treatments.

A healthy workplace culture attracts and retains good talent

In a small and open economy like Singapore’s, where competition for talent is intense, it is especially important to build a positive corporate reputation. A company’s reputation may be judged on its ability to provide a working environment that keeps employees physically and mentally healthy.

Healthy employees will also often be able to stay in employment for longer periods of their lifetime, without having to take extended time-off or exit the workforce prematurely due to poor health.

Tips

Tips for introducing and sustaining well-being programmes in your organisation

Ensure that your programme fits your workplace culture
Ensure that your programme fits your workplace culture

As the concept of wellness may vary between your employees, a successful wellness programme needs to take into consideration your company culture, and ideally support and address some key challenges faced by your company.

Design a programme which your employees feel part of
Design a programme which your employees feel part of

Greater “buy-in” from employees contribute to the success of an employee wellness programme. Employees who feel a sense of ownership of the programme are more likely to participate in it. Inputs and suggestions from employees during the design phase of the programme typically signifies their personal commitment and readiness to make a lifestyle change. This dedication often leads to success.

Keep your employees’ well-being at the heart of your programme
Keep your employees’ well-being at the heart of your programme

A key success factor of a wellness programme is keeping employees’ well-being at the core of the programme. A well-rounded employee-centric supports employees’ well-being holistically.

Workers Well-Being Programmes

Here are some of the many well-being programmes you can consider implementing in your organisation:

#1
Physical Activities
  • Offer access to exercise and general physical activity programmes. These can include exercise facilities, subsidies for health programmes, etc.
  • Provide breaks or give employees time to participate in physical activity programmes. For example, you can give them time-off regularly every week to exercise.
#2
Equipment and Infrastructure
  • Introduce ergonomic equipment, such as standing desks and bigger desktop screens.
  • Provide additional workplace infrastructure which helps your employees to be healthy, such as gym facilities at your workplace.
#3
Medical and Other Services
  • Provide personal health assessments
  • Offer annual health checks such as screenings and risk assessments
  • Offer reimbursements on vaccinations
  • Provide access to psychological counselling, such as stress management
  • Offering subsidies for health insurance
#4
Experts and Consultants
  • Get health experts and consultants to give your employees advice on topics such as diets and exercise, or how to reduce chronic disease risk
  • Host health experts’ visits to your organisation
#5
Information and Advice
  • Distribute brochures with information on how to have a healthy lifestyle
  • Provide advice on the potential impacts of ageing
  • Provide information about walking and cycling routes in your area to encourage employees to walk, or even cycle, when commuting to and from work
  • Conduct employee satisfaction surveys to identify problem areas and establish benchmark information
#6
Workplace Policies
  • Offer work-life programmes such as flexible work arrangements. These can include flexible work hours, for example.

Programmes & Resources

Healthy Workplace Ecosystem

Find out whether your organisation can benefit from a Healthy Workplace Ecosystem and take part in healthy activities near to your workplace.

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SME Health+

This package helps SMEs promote healthy lifestyles to their employees, by giving them access to cost-effective and useful health programmes.

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Silver Productivity

This training programme helps HR professionals and operations managers raise the productivity and improve the well-being of older workers.

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Company Practices

Absolute Kinetics Consultancy Pte Ltd

The organisation had a Workplace Health Programme which included regular health talks, workshops and exercise programmes. Older workers particularly enjoyed the static exercise classes. Employees were also taught how to read nutritional labels and select food items which were suitable for them.

Information is accurate as of November 2017
YJ International Pte Ltd

YJ International started a monthly “Fruits Day” with support from a Health Promotion Board grant. The organisation engages external companies to provide basic health checks for their employees. They also set up a health check corner where employees could self-administer some of the basic health checks.

Information is accurate as of November 2017