Performance Against WELCOA’s Worksite Health Promotion Benchmarks Across Years Among Selected US Organizations

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Daniel L. Bibeau, Professor (Creator)
Michael A. Perko, Associate Professor (Creator)
GracieLee M. Weaver, Research Associate (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Purpose: The purpose of this study was to quantify the performance of organizations’ worksite health promotion (WHP) activities against the benchmarking criteria included in the Well Workplace Checklist (WWC). Design: The Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) developed a tool to assess WHP with its 100-item WWC, which represents WELCOA’s 7 performance benchmarks. Setting: Workplaces. Participants: This study includes a convenience sample of organizations who completed the checklist from 2008 to 2015. The sample size was 4643 entries from US organizations. Measures: The WWC includes demographic questions, general questions about WHP programs, and scales to measure the performance against the WELCOA 7 benchmarks. Analysis: Descriptive analyses of WWC items were completed separately for each year of the study period. Results: The majority of the organizations represented each year were multisite, multishift, medium- to large-sized companies mostly in the services industry. Despite yearly changes in participating organizations, results across the WELCOA 7 benchmark scores were consistent year to year. Across all years, benchmarks that organizations performed the lowest were senior-level support, data collection, and programming; wellness teams and supportive environments were the highest scoring benchmarks. Conclusion: In an era marked with economic swings and health-care reform, it appears that organizations are staying consistent in their performance across these benchmarks. The WWC could be useful for organizations, practitioners, and researchers in assessing the quality of WHP programs.

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American Journal of Health Promotion. 2018;32(4):1010–1020
Language: English
Date: 2018
population health, workplace, supportive environments, awareness, interventions

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