Resources for Developing a Workplace Wellness Program

If you’re interested in developing a local workplace wellness program for your library, the resources below can get you started on the right track.

Recommended Reading

Workplace Wellness Programs book recommendation Rule the Rules of Workplace Wellness by Barbara Zabawa and JoAnn Eickhoff-Shemek (2017)

This book, published by the American Bar Association, focuses on building a workplace wellness program by focusing on the legal and logistical aspects.

Workplace Wellness that Works book cover Workplace Wellness that Works: 10 Steps to Infuse Well-Being and Vitality into Any Organization by Laura Putnam (2015)

Putnam looks at the interconnection between wellness and company culture to show how you can integrate wellness into the procedures already in place at your organization.

External Links

General Workplace Wellness

Worksite Health Scorecard
A tool for assessing workplace implementation of science-based health promotion and protection interventions related to a variety of health problems like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and obesity.  Designed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Total Worker Health Webinars
A series of archived webinars on a variety of topics like Advancing Working Family Well Being, Sedentary Work, and Workplace Stress. Created by The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Quality of Worklife Questionnaire
A survey you can use for workplace wellness assessment at your own workplace.  Designed to help study longitudinal changes, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) selected 76 questions dealing with a wide assortment of work organization issues. These include (but are not limited to) hours of work, workload, worker autonomy, layoffs and job security, job satisfaction/stress, and worker well-being.

Drug-free Workplace Toolkit from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
This toolkit can be used to support drug-free workplace policies and programs and includes information on assessing your workplace, developing policies, providing education and support for employees, and more.

Workplace Wellness Pathfinder
Start researching better workplace wellness with this tool created by former ALA President Loriene Roy’s Workplace Wellness Task Force.

Wellness Programs at Work

The Step by Step Guide to Successful Workplace Wellness Programs
A report with best practices, tips, and tricks on workplace wellness programs including info on wellness committees, etc.

Workplace Health Solutions
A program through the American Heart Association that includes assessment of programs and environment, tools and trackers for employees, and progress reporting.

Workplace Wellness Programs Study
The Department of Labor’s final report on all aspects of workplace wellness programs, including information on program elements, impact of financial incentives on program uptake, and impact of wellness programs on health and costs.

Workplace Health Promotion from the CDC
An online toolkit for workplace wellness programs from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  It has tools, resources, and step-by-step guides, including information on making the business case for wellness programming, pre-program workplace assessmentemployee needs surveys, program evaluation, etc.

Library-Specific Wellness at Work

Workplace Wellness Inventory
Use this form to assess workplace wellness and perceptions of workplace wellness at your library.

Library Workplace Wellness Surveys
In 2007-2008 the ALA-APA surveyed library workers on their thoughts and attitudes concerning work-life balance issues and workplace wellness initiatives in libraries.  These are the summaries discussing the results and the conclusions drawn from them.

LibraryWorklife Newsletter
A publication of the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA), LibraryWorklife is a monthly electronic publication about issues that concern all library workers, including wellness-related issues like work-life balance, career advancement, salaries, etc.

Finding Health and Wellness @ the Library
Funded by an IMLS grant anc completed by the California State Library, this document includes annotated links and sources related to all aspects of wellness.  Included is a section specific to library workplace wellness.