Organizational Supports

Questions in the Organizational Supports section are designed to assess general workplace policies, the work environment and other characteristics and offerings at the workplace that support the health and safety of employees and their families.

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During the past 12 months, did your worksite:

Leadership and Support

1. Demonstrate organizational commitment and support of worksite health promotion at all levels of management?

NHW National Healthy Worksite Worksite Health 101 Training Manual - See p. 26-34

Leading by Example: Leading Practices for Employee Health Management, US Chamber of Commerce

Leading by Example: The Value of Worksite Health Promotion to Small- and Medium-sized Employers – See p. 4

School Employee Wellness: A Guide for Protecting the Assets of Our Nation's Schools – See p. 13-14

2. Include references to improving or maintaining employee health and safety in the business objectives, core values, or organizational mission statement?

Employers in Action

WorkWell NC Toolkit – See p. 3-6

Workplace Health Model

Worksite Wellness Success Story Videos

3. Have a strategic plan that includes goals and measurable organizational objectives for the health promotion program?

Employers in Action

NHW National Healthy Worksite Worksite Health 101 Training Manual - See p. 65-82

CDC Workplace Health Promotion

WorkWell NC Toolkit – See p. 8

4. Have an annual budget or receive dedicated funding for health promotion programs?

NHW National Healthy Worksite Worksite Health 101 Training Manual - See p. 83-84

WorkWell NC Toolkit – See p. 7

Sample Worksite Health Budget

5. Have an active and diverse health promotion committee?

Governance Structure and Management

Wellness Committee Workbook

WorkWell NC Toolkit – See p. 6

Starting a Wellness Committee at Your Worksite

6. Have a paid health promotion coordinator whose job (either part-time or full-time) is to manage the worksite health promotion program?

Governance Structure and Management

WorkWell NC Toolkit – See p. 6

School Employee Wellness: A Guide for Protecting the Assets of Our Nation's Schools – See p. 17-18

WellSteps – Effective Employee Wellness Solutions – How Corporate Wellness Programs Save Money

Measurement and Evaluation
Strategic Communications
Participation and Engagement

12. Have an employee champion or network of champions who actively publicize health promotion programs?

School Employee Wellness: A Guide for Protecting the Assets of Our Nation's Schools – See p. 17-18

Eat Smart Move More NC Worksite Wellness Videos

13. Use and combine incentives with other strategies to increase participation in health promotion programs?

Worksite Wellness Resource Kit — Wisconsin Department of Health Sciences - See p. 16

WorkWell NC Workbooks

Retaining Employees in Your Worksite Wellness Program – See p. 5, 8, 10

WellSteps Effective Employee Wellness Solutions – Wellness Program Incentive Ideas from the Best Corporate Wellness Programs

Workplace Wellness Incentives May Be Taxable Income for Employees

14. Use individual or team competitions or challenges in combination with additional interventions to support employees making behavior changes?

WorkWell NC Turnkey Programs

WorkWell NC Workbooks

Retaining Employees in Your Worksite Wellness Program

How to Create a Killer Office Fitness Challenge

Workplace Wellness Challenges – Fun, Effective and Free!

15. Promote and support employee volunteerism?

Employers in Action

6 Tips to Volunteerism In Your Workplace

Why Employees Engage in Volunteering

16. Provide a working environment that features healthy building design principles?

Whole Building Design Guide – Promote Health and Well-Being

7 Tips for Creating a Healthy and Positive Work Environment

Workplace Wellness: How Buildings Shape Our Health and Habits

17. Extend access to key components of the program to all workers, including hard to reach workers (e.g., telecommuters, contract workers, night shift workers, part-time workers)?

8 Things You Need to Know About Employee Wellness Programs

5 Workplace Wellness Statistics Every Employer Should Know

A Culture of Inclusion in Worksite Wellness

Programs, Policies and Environmental Supports

18. Provide an employee assistance program (EAP)?

NC Office of State Human Resources: Employee Assistance Program

Employee Assistance Program

19. Implement educational programming to improve health care consumerism?

Why Health Care Consumerism is a No-Brainer for Worksite Wellness

25 Health and Wellness Program With a Different Purpose

20. Educate employees about preventive services and benefits covered by their health insurance plan on an ongoing basis, above and beyond what occurs during annual health insurance enrollment?

The Importance of EDUCATING Employees About Their Health Plan

Preventive Health Care

How Preventive Health Care Benefits Can Help Your Business Thrive

21. Provide and support flexible work scheduling policies?

Employers in Action

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Flexible Work Schedules

Flexible Arrangements – Flexible Work Schedule

Why A Flexible Worker is a Happy and Productive Worker

22. Provide work-life balance programming and resources?

10 ways to Encourage a Healthy Work-Life Balance for Employees

Survey: Work/Life Balance Off-Kilter in U.S.

23. Make some or all company-specific health promotion programs available to family members?

Employers in Action

Worksite Wellness Resource Kit – Wisconsin Department of Health Sciences, See p. 17-18

Wellness Agenda: Stay well Together

Workplace Wellness Programs Characteristics and Requirements

24. Offer all benefits-eligible employees paid time off for days or hours absent due to illness, vacation, or other personal reasons (including family illness or bereavement)?

Paid Time Off Policy (PTO) Pros and Cons

Sample Paid Time Off Policy

12 Employee Types of Paid and Unpaid Time Off

25. Coordinate programs for occupational health and safety with programs for health promotion and wellness?

Integrating Wellness and Occupational Health and Safety in the Workplace

Wellness & Safety Equals Healthy Occupational Performance

Safety and Wellness: The Critical Connection

Workplace Health Model