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HRM 941 - Wellness in the Workplace C21 (Online)

Academic Credit Value:
3 units
Course Delivery Mode:
Hours of Study:
39 hours
Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Anti-requisite(s):
Instructor Name:
Steve Fletcher
Course Dates:
02/10/2020 - 05/10/2020

Required Course Materials:
HR Manager's Guide to Employee Wellness Programs By: Adriane Whitney, Robert Jessup-Ramsay Publication Date: 2015-10-30 Publisher: Carswell (under Thompson Reuters), 1st Edition ISBN: 978-0-7798-6721-9
Optional Course Materials:
Course Description:
This course will focus on health promotion concepts, program management strategies, interventions and perspectives of health promotions in the workplace. We will examine why health promotions make sense as a return on investment for employers and provide insight into the process of designing, managing, and evaluating a program. We will explore strategies that impact health promotions and identify the types of programs used to operationalize a health promotions program.
Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, students will:

1. Curate a library of resources that can be used to promote and develop workplace health promotion programs.
2. Create a proposal outlining the need for health promotion programs in the workplace.
3. Assess organizational readiness for health promotion programming.
4. Plan the design, delivery, management and evaluation of a workplace health promotion program utilizing the ISD model
5. Discuss how future changes within the socio-economic environment might have an influence on workplace health promotion programs
Course Evaluation

Participation: Discussion Questions 30%
Quiz: Health Promotion Related Topics 10%
Assignment 1: Employee Health Questionnaire 10%
Assignment 2: Proposal for a Workplace Wellness Program 25%
Assignment 3: Design and implementation of a Wellness program 25%

Total 100%

Course Survey/Evaluations
Students are required to provide feedback by completing course reaction/evaluation surveys.  Course evaluations are administered through an online resource.  Course instructors are not involved in the distribution or collection of course evaluations.  In all cases, students will remain anonymous.​

Course Format:
This course is designed to present the fundamental concepts and theories in Wellness in the Workplace and promote the application to the workplace and professional practice. Course activities will include instructor presentations, required readings and experiential learning activities (i.e. case studies, group discussions, projects, quizzes etc.).
Assignment Submission:
Course assignments are submitted to the appropriate A2L Assignment folder by the specified due date
Late Coursework:
Late assignments will be subject to a 2% per day late penalty (includes weekends and holidays) for up to seven (7) days. After this date, no assignments will be accepted and a grade of zero (0) will be applied. Extensions for course work must be approved by the instructor before the due date (see Academic Regulations below), and will be granted for illness or emergencies only. Students may be asked to submit supporting documentation for an extension request.  

Policy & Procedures:

Academic Regulations (Attendance, Coursework, Tests/Exams):
In accordance with McMaster University’s General Academic Regulations, “it is imperative that students make every effort to meet the originally scheduled course requirements and it is a student’s responsibility to write examinations as scheduled.” Therefore, all students are expected to attend and complete the specific course requirements (i.e. attendance, assignments, and tests/exams) listed in the course outline on or by the date specified.  Students who need to arrange for coursework accommodation, as a result of medical, personal or family reasons, must contact the course instructor within 48 hours of the originally scheduled due date. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Program Manager/Program Associate to discuss accommodations and procedures related to deferred tests and/or examinations within 48 hours of the originally scheduled test/exam, as per policy.  Failure to contact the course instructor, in the case of missed coursework, or the Program Manager/Program Associate, in the case of a missed test/examination, within the specified 48 hour window will result in a grade of zero (0) on the coursework/exam and no further consideration will be granted. 

*Note: Supporting documentation will be required but will not ensure approval of accommodation(s).
Academic Integrity
(Please note that CCE will adhere to a zero tolerance application of the policy)

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.  Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that result or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: “Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty”), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained, including copying solution sets.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.
Academic Accommodations:
Students with disabilities who require academic accommodations must contact the Student Accessibility Centre (SAS) to meet with an appropriate Disability Services Coordinator. To contact SAS, phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652, or email For further information, consult McMaster University’s Policy for Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities.
On-line Elements:

In this course, we will be using on-line elements, which may include email, Avenue to Learn, WebEX, and external web sites.  To access Avenue to Learn go to: You will be required to enter your MAC ID (login and password). To activate your MAC ID, contact University Technology Services. Students should be aware that, when they access the electronic components of this course, private information such as first and last names, user names for the McMaster e-mail accounts, and program affiliation may become apparent to all other students in the same course. The available information is dependent on the technology used. Continuation in this course will be deemed consent to this disclosure. If you have any questions or concerns about such disclosure please discuss this with the course instructor. ​
In this course, we will be using a web-based service ( to reveal plagiarism.  Students will be expected to submit their work electronically to so that it can be checked for academic dishonesty.  Students who do not wish to submit their work to must still submit a copy to the assigned Assignment folder and add a note in the comment section that they do not wish to have the paper scanned by Turnitin.  Those files will not be selected for submission.  No penalty will be assigned to a student who does not submit work to  All submitted work is subject to normal verification that standards of academic integrity have been upheld (e.g., on-line search, etc.).  To see the Policy, please go to
Course Changes:
The instructor reserves the right to modify elements of the course and will notify students accordingly.
Course Withdrawal Policy:

Policies related to dropping a course and course withdrawals are posted to the Centre for Continuing Education’s program webpage, FAQs & Policies (  

Students withdraw from courses in MOSAIC's student center (do not send withdrawal request email to CCE).

Grading Scale:
A+ = 90  -  100 %
A = 85  -   89 %
A- = 80  -   84 %
B+ = 77  -   79 %
B = 73  -   76 %
B- = 70  -   72 %
C+ = 67  -   69 %
C = 63  -   66 %
C- = 60  -   62 %
D+ = 57  -   59 %
D = 53  -   56 %
D- = 50  -   52 %
F = 0    -   49 %
Course Schedule:



Module Learning Outcomes

The New Business Reality

Defining Wellness in today’s Global Economy

Total Wellness and the 3 dimensions of Wellness management

HR professionals as drivers of wellness initiatives in the workplace.

List the three dimensions of wellness

Summarize the evidence linking health and wellness with productivity and employee engagement

Trends in Workplace Health and Wellness Initiatives

The Impact of Workplace Wellness Initiatives.

The costs of Absenteeism and Mental Health.

Identify key factors to consider in the calculation of direct and indirect costs of absenteeism and mental health.

Debate/ Defend the value of workplace wellness initiatives for all stakeholders in an organization.

Mental Health and the Workplace

Employers and the Positive Impact on Mental Health in the Workplace.

Measurement and Evaluation of Key Performance Indicators (KPI).

Illustrate how Employer driven programs impact behavioral changes.

Explain how KPIs shape organizational culture by reinforcing behaviors and rewarding health achievements.

Social Wellness

Connections within the Organization.

Connections Between Employees and the Community.

Describe the value that technology and social media platforms bring to organizations to help connect people around social wellness.

Identify communication channels and the value of guiding engaging conversations between internal and external organization stakeholders.

Wellness in the Workplace

Defining Workplace Wellness.

Getting Started with Workplace Wellness.

Employee Surveys.

Discuss the initial stages of a workplace wellness implementation including wellness definitions, environmental scan in the organization and tactical elements that serve as baseline for a wellness proposal.

Demonstrate how to design an employee health survey.

Case Study: [McKesson Canada Strengthens its Health Culture through Measurement]

A Success Story in Canadian business: reviewing the foundation of a solid health culture from Benefits and Disability Management re-design to a Health Wellness dashboard.

Inventory best practices through a successful case in Canadian business touching on areas such as re-design of group benefits, disability management, education, metrics tracking, and leading a wellness program.

Building a Wellness Organization

Getting the pillars right when building a Wellness Organization: from Executive Commitment and Ownership to Resources, Training, Policy design and Prevention Focused Programs.

Propose how to plan, implement, monitor and measure the success of an integral Wellness Program in the Workplace.

Wellness Assessments and Education

Health Assessments.

Chronic Disease Management Programs

Smoking Cessation Programs

Health Fairs

Identify key aspects of health assessments.

Analyze data collection to effectively promote healthy habits.

Describe how best to organize and coordinate health fairs.

Absence Management

Active Short-term and Long-term Claims Management Programs

Return to Work Hierarchy.

Maintaining Contact with Employees on Medical Leave

Duty to Accommodate

Practice short-term and long-term management programs while establishing a guiding coalition in the organization that supports program objectives.

Define roles and responsibilities around a return to Work policy, Duty to Accommodate and a legal framework to maintain active contact with employees on medical leave.

Wellness Program Branding and Communication

Management Involvement.

General Communication Strategy

Communication Tools


Recognize the value of internal branding approach to communicate the right messages of a Wellness Program to employees.

Construct an effective communications strategy, best ways to monitor employee communication, support management communications, and when to use proper communication tools.

Aligning Organizational Systems with Wellness

Environmental Changes.


Organizational Flexibility

Analyze trends in the workplace where policies meet the needs for more flexible work environments including access to flexible benefit plans.

Assessing Program Effectiveness

Measurement Methods.

Program Evolution

Wellness Program Audits

Quantify, calculate and monitor key metrics in the workplace that can tell a story of progress around wellness issues.

Identify best practices for wellness audits and putting together audit reports.

Design/Sketch/Wireframe a wellness dashboard to organize a high volume of data for accurate reporting and summaries.

Ideas for Wellness Initiatives

Ideas for Wellness Initiatives


Propose how key learnings in this course can be turned into action plans in the workplace.

Evaluate your individual health and wellness behaviors to become a role model.