Quality of Life (QOL) is the Common Goal - QOL refers to the general well-being of individuals and societies. It is more than a health measure; rather it is comprised of built environment, physical and mental health, education, recreation and leisure time, and social belonging. As stated by Sodexo's Institute for Quality of Daily Life, QOL is also a, "microeconomic issue ... as business and organizations continue to strive to boost performance, they are increasingly focusing on how to enhance the work environment to create a better work experience." The foundation principles of QOL are:
Foundation Principle #1: The health and the well-being of the workforce are inextricably linked to the productivity of the workforce and therefore, to the health of the organization.
For a practical application of QOL, review the 12 page summary of The “Quality of Life Per Square Foot” Approach to Real Estate. Sodexo's Quality of Life Per Square Foot is a workplace metric that uses inputs from both the built environment and human performance to measure organizational outcomes. For in-depth workplace-related trends, browse Maximizing Human Capital in Unique & Challenging Environments for insights into drivers affecting the people, workplace environment and community impact issues faced daily in seven unique workplaces including call centers, hospitals, military bases, remote sites, manufacturing, higher education and caregiver settings.
The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Workplace Well-Being Committee, in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Human Services Substance Abuse Prevention Programs, encourages companies to tactfully confront substance abuse issues by taking positive actions regarding workplace environments and behaviors.
To help employees make the right choices, the Chicagoland Chamber recommends employers follow the Three E’s:
Empower employees with the resources, privacy and support they need to seek help for behavioral health issues affecting their productivity and the quality of their lives.
Educate staff about wellness tools and benefits they can use to improve their health and well-being.
Eliminate wasteful service duplications by streamlining delivery of health care programs – such as wellness benefits, health risk assessments (HRAs) and employee assistance programs (EAP) – to maximize your investment and deliver more cohesive and effective care to employees.
Recent ActivitiesFollow the news in the Chamber@Work newsletter archives:
Ever-Expanding Role of Employee Assistance Programs
Members’ business and community events:
Objective & Outcomes
The goal is to develop the capacity with the business leadership sector to reduce excessive consumption of, consequences from, and contributing factors to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, with emphasis on alcohol and other drugs. The objective is to offer solutions that employers implement to improve workplace well-being with substance abuse prevention practices and services because they understand there are health and talent returns on their investments.
The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce added alcohol and drug abuse prevention to its leadership in positive business environments and healthier lifestyles for employers and employees in 1990. Today, activities are supported by the expertise of members from specialties such as Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Treatment, Drug Free Workplace Consulting Services, Drug Testing, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Providers, Workplace Safety, HR Services and Human Resources, Workplace Wellness and member health systems with behavioral health hospitals and clinics.
This On-line Drug-Free Workplace Policy Builder assists users to build tailored drug-free workplace policies and provides guidance on how to develop comprehensive drug-free workplace programs. This Builder was developed by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Read this Working Partners Web site section on crisis management for guidance on addressing immediate problems absent a drug-free workplace program.
Be Smart. Be Well is a website from Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) offering online health and wellness resources for employers and consumers. Scroll in the All Topics menu for popular issues. BCBS invites readers to sign up for Be Smart. Be Well.'s free SPOTLIGHT newsletter and health news alerts. In the Spotlight newsletter archive, check out April 2013, Addiction.
Sodexo Employee Handbook August 2013 has many “best practice” examples that can be adapted from this complex global organization for small and mid-market companies. Be sure to look at pages 57 & 58 on the topics of drugs & alcohol. Notice the sidebar: Seeking Help.
Hazelden’s Center for Public Advocacy clarifies addiction to alcohol and other drugs as a chronic illness and a public health problem that is a treatable illness. The stigma of addiction and discrimination against people with this illness are major barriers to access to care and recovery. The advocacy mission action steps include screening for alcohol and other drug problems as part of primary care visits, and treatment and continuing care programs for certain non-violent offenders.
Peggy Luce, CAE, Chamber Vice President, (312)-494-6745, email@example.com.
Last Updated on 2013-11-26 16:45:38.44