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Working Well

  • By: Patricia Geist-Martin & Jennifer A. Scarduzio
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

Working well is an area of health communication that explores the processes of health and wellness occurring within organizations. Researchers who investigate workplace wellness focus on how employees and management encourage and discourage healthy behaviors. Working well in today's workplaces includes the design, implementation, and evaluation of workplace wellness initiatives and employee assistance programs (EAPs). Additionally, working well researchers consider specific health problems impacted by work, such as stress, burnout, and work–life balance.

From nonprofit to Fortune 500, companies of all sizes have implemented initiatives to promote healthy behavior of their employees. Initiatives have included smoking cessation programs, fitness memberships, counseling, sports teams, and bonuses for healthy behavior (e.g., losing weight or engaging in fitness activities). However, the degree of employee participation and acceptance of these ...

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