Employee health and wellbeing is not just about safety, as Joy Inouye and John Dony, both of the Campbell Institute — National Safety Council, discussed Monday. They outlined a study done on worker wellbeing programs and the benefits they provide.

Five key takeaways from their presentation are:

  1. Pilot health and wellbeing programs with stakeholder input.
  2. Craft good communication.
  3. Experiment with incentive structures.
  4. Engage employees through organized activities.
  5. Connect wellbeing to safety.

They said wellbeing is integrating health and safety. It “lies at the intersection of health protection and health promotion; the blending of health and safety programs along a continuum of organizational, personal, and occupational activities to enhance overall worker wellbeing and prevent work-related injuries and illnesses; “wellbeing” includes physical, mental, emotional, social, and economic health,” Inouye explains.

They said continuously improving health and wellbeing programs includes finding the right incentives to encourage employee participation. And they said communicating about relevant health topics and offering timely health tips is a continuous process. The study shows that pairing health information with safety information is a natural fit, particularly when their culture of safety is already strong.

Visit www.thecampbellinstitute.org for more information and to read the full study.