Queen's strikes gold for workplace wellness
The university has received the workplace wellness gold award from Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health.
“The gold award recognizes the work many people are doing to meet the health and wellness needs of Queen’s staff and faculty,” says Tiffany Bambrick, Coordinator, Fitness and Wellness Programs, Athletics and Recreation (A&R). “We hope the recognition brings more attention to our offerings.”
A&R offers a number of activities for staff and faculty and has partnered with Human Resources over the past few years to create new programs such as a walking club, yoga, and a health and wellness learning series, all held over lunch hour.
In the award application, A&R and HR highlighted the various programs and supports they offer staff and faculty in areas of physical activity, healthy eating, sun safety, tobacco use, and work stress.
“We are striving to promote a balance between workplace and home life,” says Shannon Hill, Learning and Development Specialist, HR. “When staff and faculty take part in health and wellness programs, they feel better about themselves and are better prepared to support students.”
KFL&A Public Health commended Queen’s for developing a sun safety initiative, something workplaces often overlook. Sun safety information was included in newsletters and in packages given to walking club participants. During the blazing summer months, A&R set up misting stations at Richardson Stadium and water stations near other sports fields, to cool off athletic participants.
While the overall review was positive, the evaluators gave A&R and HR some valuable feedback they will use to improve the workplace wellness initiatives. They are exploring the possibility of developing a comprehensive list of offerings, and are looking to partner with other groups on campus to create a workplace wellness network.
Visit the HR website to sign up for a Lunch and Learn session. A&R has posted details about its fitness and wellness programming and it will host a health and wellness fair for staff and faculty on November 14.