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Corporate Employee Wellness Programs (CEWP) offers a comprehensive solution to improving health and productivity, empowering employees to make healthy lifestyle changes while helping them overcome barriers to success such as emotional and mental health issues.
With “build to suit” programs that are customized to meet the needs of each organization
and each employee, CEWP pre-empts health risks from becoming full-blown chronic illnesses.
The CEWP spectrum of services include:
Health Risk Assessments (HRA)
Health Risk Assessment (HRA) sets the industry standard for evaluating an employee population and providing measurable, accurate data to monitor and track the success of the organization’s wellness program on an ongoing basis.
Our Health Risk Assessment (HRA) focuses on an employee’s personal/family health history and lifestyle, and is designed to identify an at-risk employee. Confidential reports are available to an individual employee, and aggregate reports are generated for the organization.
HRA benefits both employer and employee through:
A personal health report for each employee with risk factors, action steps and overall wellness score
Aggregate reporting showing most prevalent risk factors, associated costs and opportunities to improve.
Annual reports and analyses to assess the program's financial impact over time
Integration with third-party biometric data
WHIPS facilitate discreet HIV assessments and status awareness campaigns.
Voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) has clearly shown to be a key entry point for HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support.
As the burden of HIV has increased to levels beyond which the national health systems in South Africa can handle, efforts have intensified to scale up effective programs.
VCT is increasingly recognized as the solution towards combating the epidemic through prevention and care. Estimates show that a mere 10% of people who are HIV infected know their status and take advantage of available assistance and therapy—hence the urgent need for more effective VCT participation, especially in the workplace.
Tuberculosis (TB) and HIV co-infections place an immense burden on health care systems and pose particular diagnostic and therapeutic challenges. Infection with HIV is the most powerful known risk factor predisposing for Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection and progression to active disease, which increases the risk of latent TB reactivation 20-fold. TB is also the most common cause of AIDS-related death. Thus, Mycobacterium tuberculosis and HIV act in synergy, accelerating the decline of immunological functions and leading to subsequent death if untreated.
Our services include educating employers and employees towards understanding the long term effects and benefits of their lifestyle choices.
Voluntary Counseling and Testing for HIV/AIDS
Onsite counseling and support by qualified health professionals
and CD4 Counts)
Group reporting (protecting employee confidentiality)
TB Screening, Counseling and GP Referrals
Absenteeism & Presenteeism
Presenteeism: The One Thing Worse than Absenteeism
Presenteeism is a complex issue and its impact in the workplace is only just beginning to be recognized. As we work toward creating work environments where all employees are valued, engaged and able to realize their potential; challenges like absenteeism and its silent partner, presenteeism, will become less pervasive and less damaging.
Absenteeism occurs when an employee misses work intentionally, creating a habit of taking unscheduled time-off for a variety of reasons, legitimate and otherwise. Absenteeism costs the SA economy around R12 -16 billion per annum.
There is a clear link between:
Measuring and recording absenteeism data means nothing… UNLESS attentively assess, continually monitor and actively intervene.
On average 15 – 30% of staff could be absent on any given day.
2 out of 3 employees who fail to show up for work aren’t physically ill.
Sleep disorders are ranked “top cause of lost work time!”
One day’s absence can cost a company 3 days’ worth of salary without active management of absenteeism
Common Causes of Absenteeism
Bullying and harassment: Employees who are bullied or harassed by coworkers and/or bosses are more likely to call in sick to avoid the situation.
Burnout, stress and low morale: Heavy workloads, stressful meetings/presentations and feelings of being unappreciated can cause employees to avoid going into work. Personal stress (outside of work) can lead to absenteeism.
Childcare and eldercare: Employees may be forced to miss work in order to stay home and take care of a child/elder when normal arrangements have fallen through (for example, a sick caregiver or an unscheduled strike etc) or if a child/elder is sick.
Depression: Depression can lead to substance abuse if people turn to drugs or alcohol to self-medicate their pain or anxiety.
Disengagement: Employees who are not committed to their jobs, coworkers and/or the company are more likely to miss work simply because they have no motivation to go.
Injury & Illness: Injuries, illness and medical appointments are the most commonly reported reasons for missing work (though not always the actual reason). Not surprisingly, each year during the cold and flu season, there is a dramatic spike in absenteeism rates for both full-time and part-time employees. Accidents can occur on the job or outside of work, resulting in absences. In addition to acute injuries, chronic injuries such as back and neck problems are a common cause of absenteeism.
Job hunting: Employees may call in sick to attend a job interview, visit with a headhunter or work on their résumés / CVs.
Partial shifts: Arriving late, leaving early and taking longer breaks than allowed are considered forms of absenteeism and can affect productivity and workplace morale.
The Presenteeism Epidemic
That is, until you begin to delve into the impact and cost of presenteeism. Although primarily defined as “the act of attending work while sick - the word presenteeism is also used to describe a broader range of circumstances that occur when employees are physically present, but due to a physical or emotional issue, are distracted to the point of reduced productivity.
Just as people stay away from work for a variety of reasons, people also choose to come to work sick (or distracted) for a variety of reasons, ranging from economic necessity to exuberance for the job.
Although substantive research on the impact of presenteeism is only recently beginning to emerge, early evidence suggests that the health related component of presenteeism (i.e. those who are working while suffering the effects of ill health or injury) could be even more costly to businesses than absenteeism.
In fact, according to one director at Sunlife Financial, “It’s about four times bigger than absenteeism in terms of hours lost.” When we add this fact to recent figures indicating that up to 24% of workers are actively disengaged (which equates to non-medical presenteeism), a disturbing picture begins to form.
Absenteeism Management Includes:
HR Audit of all Sick leave applications
Monthly reporting to HR department on most common causes of absenteeism
Report of suggestions of what will HR should be doing to reduce absences and return productive employees to work as quickly as they’re able
Ensuring the company is in compliance and how to ensure that you remain in compliance
How to return employees to transitional work to ensure productivity and compliance with regulations and statutes
How to assist employees who have chronic conditions manage their health and protect their income
Identifying which employees are at risk of increased absenteeism among your company’s workforce
Weight Management Program
The CEWP Weight Management program brings healthier nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes together in a realistic and achievable challenge. Each employee is provided with a personalized plan to help meet their individual goals to preventatively reduce the potential for more serious long term health issues such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease or high cholesterol.
Our nutrition coaches are educated, graduated and extremely informative. Our weight management coaching is interactive, collaborative, realistic and supportive with dedicated experts guiding the employee to make healthier, more informed decisions regardless of gender, race, stature or circumstance.
Our Weight Management program includes:
• Meal-planning options for overall health or to address the needs of individuals with specific conditions
• Individualized exercise plans based on the employee’s current activity level, including strength training and cardiovascular components.
Ongoing education and communications
WHIPS provide monthly professionally edited and informative employee communications, reminders and motivations that are designed to increase program awareness, effectiveness and utilization, and to encourage employee efforts towards healthy habitual and behavioral changes.
We provide employee orientation along with ongoing educational seminars monthly.
Our wellness workshops are developed and presented by a host of graduates and recognized experts who are experienced in delivering informative, applicable and plausible adult education and wellness related topics.
Portion Distortion: a look at how portion sizes have changed over the years, examining the difference between a “serving” and a “portion,” and practical tips for cutting back on unnecessary food intake
Eating Healthy on a Budget: an overview of what foods provide the most nutrition for the least cost, as well as strategies for incorporating these foods into a busy lifestyle
Sleep Well, Live Well: a discussion of how important sleep is to health, identifying barriers to a good night’s sleep and the impact these may have on overall physical health, nutrition choices and work productivity
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: separating fact from myth concerning the most effective exercise and diet plans, the importance of lifestyle changes in a fitness plan, the value of positive attitude, goal setting and prioritizing behaviors
Healthier Eating ‘On-the-Go’
A Super You
Casting out Cravings
The Fun Factor
Employee engagement is the key to a notably successful wellness program. With the ongoing interaction and effortless enthusiasm of the WHIPS wellness team, we drive organizations to generate excitement and participation by offering the fun factor over and above the traditional wellness testing.
These turnkey initiatives are administered completely by the WHIPS wellness team and are a proven way to motivate employees to enroll in a wellness program and adopt healthier lifestyles.
Employers can choose from a variety of modules including individual or team competitions as well as goal-based programs such as weight loss, walking or other exercise challenges that increase participation.
Fun Factor Offerings
Corporate Wellness Challenges:
Healthy Goodie Bags:
Customized Corporate Gifts
Virgin Active Promoters
Paws for People
Corporate Mobile Spa & Massages
Self Defense Demonstrations and participations
Zumba Demo Classes
Yoga Demo Classes
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Glen Marais, Kempton Park
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PO Box 17041, Atlasville, Kempton Park, Gauteng,1638
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