Create a Culture is the organization's commitment and willingness to demonstrate, through attitude, words and action - to support the well-being of employees.
Having leadership support helps to establish and maintain a workplace environment that consistently encourages, assists, and celebrates healthy behaviors among its employees. Engaged leadership help to create a culture of well-being for all employees.
Create a goal to engage leaders at all levels to prioritize well-being
Create a Culture of recognition and appreciation from all levels of the organization.
Use existing workplace policies to support well-being at work.
Leadership Tools & Resources:
Employees spend most of their waking hours working. A supportive well-being culture can keep employees engaged, productive, motivated, and well. Consider opportunities where senior level staff (managers and supervisors) can raise awareness of workplace policies, that are designed to support and improve employee health and work-life integration.
Use the policies below to Create a Culture of well-being for your Department:
DHR Wellness Activities Memo
To reinforce the City's commitment to employee well-being, departments are encouraged to allow flexible work schedules where operationally feasible to facilitate the ability of employees to participate in well-being programs. Examples may include allowing later or earlier start and end times or longer lunches, with adjustments to start or end times to make up time (with supervisor approval). Floating holidays, vacation, and compensatory time off (CTO) are also available for these purposes. For more information review the training deck.
Learn more about the City & County of San Francisco DHR Wellness Activities Memo.
Injury & Illness Prevention
The safety and well-being of our employees is important. The City works to identify and eliminate employee exposures to avoidable hazards and conditions that can lead to injury, illness or accidents. Safety is everybody's job, and all employees are encouraged to remain alert and correct hazardous conditions and unsafe acts.
City departments have Injury and Illness prevention programs (IIPPs), which are specific to the various work environments, to help maintain safe and healthful workplaces, and to comply with federal and state laws and regulations.
The City supports an employee’s decision to express milk in the workplace. The City’s Lactation Policy ensures that employees have consistent guidance with clearly defined roles and responsibilities for supervisors and lactating parents. The policy aims to create a culture where lactation support is part of everyday work-life.
Learn more about the City & County of San Francisco Lactation Policy and Resources
Telecommuting gives eligible employees the opportunity to work in a designated location away from the office. This alternate worksite program can increase employee productivity and employee satisfaction. Additionally, it can significantly reduce the City workforce's carbon footprint and offering a telecommute option can help recruit and retain top talent.
Learn more about the City & County of San Francisco Telecommute Policy and Program
Office Ergonomics Awareness Training
Ergonomics is the science that studies how to best make the work environment fit the worker. The goal of ergonomics is to help prevent injury and increase comfort and productivity. When ergonomic principles are applied in the work environment, visual and musculoskeletal discomfort and fatigue can be significantly reduced. By making adjustments to your work area and personal practices, you can minimize the risk factors that can contribute to injuries.
Take the Online training - Offered at your own convenience. Simply access the Employee Portal. For class code, click HERE.
Setup and Go - Pilot Program:
For departments interested in taking a deeper dive to implement a ergonomics program geared toward the office worker please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Healthy Social Guidelines
Social gatherings are an important part of the employee experience. For gatherings that involve food, remember to use the Healthy Social Guidelines provided by the SF Board of Supervisors. The guidelines outline considerations that include:
- Offering non-sugar beverages
- Plant-based or vegetarian options
- Smaller portions
- Incorporating fruits and vegetables
SFHSS has resources to help you with implementing these guidelines into your future workplace socials.
Racial Equity Action Plan
A diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment is one that makes everyone, regardless of who they are or what they do for the organization, feel equally valued and integrated in the workplace. All City Departments have been asked to develop a Racial Equity Action Plan to help create a sense of belonging for all of our employees. Well-being is a great tool to support your racial equity action plan initiatives.
Review your Racial Equity Action Plan for initiatives that promote community building and recognition efforts. Well-Being has activities to bring people together and recognition tools, including the toolkit mentioned in today’s training to support creating a culture of inclusivity for everyone.
Click HERE to download Departmental Racial Equity Action Plans
Learn more about the tools that can help you Raise Awareness, Offer Programs, and Create a Culture of well-being at your department location.