Talking about women’s health in your workplace health & wellness program can be quite tricky.
I know many health and wellness managers end up trying to dance around the issue. They don’t want to be seen to be treating women differently from their male colleagues. They fear the health initiatives might come across as patronising, or too intrusive.
Yet the fact is that female employees do require tailored health information. For a start, they’re prone to gender-specific diseases such as breast cancer and ovarian cancer. They’ve actually got a higher risk of heart disease than men, and are more prone to mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
Women also report more stress over more work-life conflict. Research shows your female employees are more likely to have more child care and eldercare responsibilities to juggle. And, like it or not, they still tend to have more housework responsibilities.
If you want to support your female employees, and even more importantly, ensure they feel supported, you need to provide health initiatives which meet their specific needs.
What women want
The best way to help your female employees improve their health and maintain a healthy lifestyle is to provide a supportive mix of information, tools and motivation.
Healthworks’ formula for promoting health behaviour change works perfectly here. You need to provide:
It’s the how that matters
Once you’ve planned out what you’re going to provide, you need to carefully consider how you deliver your program
Here are my Top 3 Tips for delivering a successful women’s health program:
In honour of today 8 March, International Women’s Day, Healthworks is launching our new Women’s Health Package. The Women’s Health Package includes our new Women’s Health ebook and booklet, our Women’s Health Seminar and Webinar, and our Women’s Health Magnet.