Workplace Wellness Action Report

Action, Advocacy, and Assessment


The Workplace Wellness action team set its objective – “to build a well-designed, well-executed and sustainable certification framework to drive engagement from KC Metro area employers in workplace wellness” and its guiding principles – “that the program would be accessible to organizations of all sizes, create sustainable wellness outcomes, and include positive recognition for employers”. The team reviewed the work of other cities that have been successful in driving workplace wellness – Austin, Oklahoma City, Omaha and Lawrence, Kansas. The team also discussed existing national models for workplace wellness certification including the CEO Cancer Gold Standard.
Based on this research, the team identified 4 pillars of the program: 1) nutrition, 2) physical fitness, 3) tobacco, and 4) mindfulness/whole person. Next, criteria were established under each pillar: 1) leadership and policies, 2) resources, 3) engagement tools, and 4) measurements and outcomes. Finally, specific benchmarks were identified. These benchmarks were uploaded into a draft Healthy KC Workplace Wellness application, with a simple “check the box” format.
The Workplace Wellness action team envisions that this certification program would be launched digitally on the KC Chamber website and accessible online. Three levels of certification are proposed (perhaps bronze, silver, and gold). Initially, certification can be achieved at any point throughout the year, but that could change going forward. It is proposed that once per year there will be a recognition event and organizations and certification levels will be posted on the KC Chamber website. Additional recognition may be included in other mediums.
Measures of Success for a Healthy KC Workplace:
The success of the Healthy KC Certification program would ultimately be determined by improved health outcomes across a broad variety of indicators over a long period of time. However, because such improvement is difficult to attribute to any one particular program, the Workplace Wellness action team instead recommends measuring success on this endeavor by measuring participation among area organizations. Below is a table showing the targeted levels of participation on year 1 through year 3.

Year Level I  Level II  Level III Total
One (2015) 100 30 20 150
Two (2016) 115 35 25 175
Three (2017) 130 40 30 200