Workplace wellness programmes can help support healthy behaviours as the average full-time worker spends a third of their day at work. Additionally, regular wellness days keep employees updated on their health status which is beneficial as they are then more likely to take measures to improve their health. For the employer, wellness days help in the compilation of data necessary for designing programmes based on the health needs of employees and for tracking progress across time.
Oriflame conducted onsite screening for HIV, body mass index, diabetes and hypertension for its employees in Kenya and Tanzania during February. In Kenya, the opportunity for testing was timous as the majority of workers had not taken an HIV test in more than two years.
A knowledge, attitudes and behaviour survey conducted prior to the testing (to generate information for future wellness planning) revealed gaps in knowledge about HIV and AIDS and lifestyle diseases that will be filled with employee education sessions. The demographics of the company mean that a programme will be tailored to address the health needs of a predominantly female workforce.
The wellness days and KABP surveys were the last activities under the start-up programme support which started in August last year. Oriflame has been taken through steering committee training and set-up, HIV and wellness policy development and employee education sessions.
Sandvik Zimbabwe held a wellness day for employees, value chain and neighbouring companies on 16 February. There were opportunities for HIV and biometric testing as well as sight and dental check-ups. Around 250 people were tested for HIV.