Sustainable Agriculture Institute
Wellness Program Policy
Policy brief & purpose
SAI’s employee Wellness Program Policy describes our company’s wellness initiatives that promote employee health. We want our employees to have access to wellness resources and a personalized wellness plan.
Employee wellness programs have many benefits. Wellness helps people become more productive. It can reduce the number of sick days employees take and various sickness-related expenses and accidents. But, most importantly, employee wellness is a vital aspect of building a happier workplace.
This employee wellness program policy applies to all our employees. We may offer our wellness program as part of a group health plan or separately.
Our company provides a wellness program that promotes employee health and disease prevention. Each employee can have a personalized wellness plan and a variety of wellness resources.
What is a wellness program for employees?
Our wellness program has several goals. For example, we want to help our employees:
- Lose weight
- Quit smoking
- Manage stress
- Lower blood pressure or cholesterol levels
- Improve their physical strength and stamina
This list isn’t exhaustive. We aim to promote every outcome that will make our employees healthier. Some training or courses aim to prevent occupational accidents and promote the correct use of equipment and material on the job. These fall under the purview of our workplace health and safety policy.
Wellness resources include any kind of information, advice, activity, facility, equipment, and membership that promotes employee health (physical, emotional, and psychological) and fitness.
Here are the wellness resources available:
- Yoga classes
- Fitness activities
- Gym area
- Nutritious snacks and drinks
Resources like the nap room and nutritious snacks are readily available to everyone. If employees want to sign up for other resources like gym membership and fitness classes or have a wellness plan set for them, they should refer to our Human Resources (HR) department.
As part of our wellness program, we may use third-party vendors such as gyms, wellness centers, coaches, physicians, and health education providers. Physicians or health experts may ask employees to answer assessment questions and take biometric screenings to determine their health risks and help them follow a suitable program. Questions and screenings are voluntary and regulated.
We may also host competitions among our employees, like 8-week weight-loss contests. Participating in these contests is also voluntary.
Team leaders’ responsibilities
Team leaders should work with the HR department to communicate our wellness initiatives to their team members.
They should tell their team members:
- That our company offers a wellness program
- How and when they can use our wellness resources
- That they can get personalized wellness plans
- Who employees can refer to for more details
We advise team leaders to encourage their team members to participate and be open to discuss any concerns when needed.
Employees with Disabilities
We can make reasonable accommodations for our employees with disabilities to help them have equal access to our wellness program. Our HR department will consult with physicians and wellness experts to help our employees with disabilities have a suitable wellness plan.
The same applies to employees who can’t participate in certain wellness activities due to age, pregnancy, or other reasons. We want everyone to have access to wellness plans and resources they can use. We’ll also pay any wellness incentives to all our employees who participate in our wellness programs without discriminating against protected characteristics.
We encourage our employees to reach out to our HR department. They can explain their situation and discuss options. These discussions and any relevant information will be kept confidential.
The legality of wellness program
Our company will handle any health insurance and wellness plans with attention to relevant legal guidelines.
Genetic information and disability
Confidentiality and respect for our employees’ rights are important to us.
- use any genetic information and disability status to disadvantage our employees in any way.
- use wellness incentives in exchange for genetic information or information on our employees’ health condition or that of their family.
- try to coerce employees into providing health/genetic information or taking medical examinations.
We will let employees know what health information we need for our wellness program, who will be able to see it, and why. All data will be kept confidential and our company will be able to access aggregated data.
We encourage employees to participate in our wellness program but their participation is voluntary. There won’t be any punishment or adverse action for employees who choose not to use our wellness resources and program.
Our wellness program will be designed with employee health in mind. It won’t be unpleasant, too time-consuming or require heavy spending by our employees. We can create personalized wellness plans for each employee. We always welcome ideas and suggestions for our employee wellness program.