Work, Health, Safety & Wellbeing (Case study: evaluating wellbeing programs at City o

Hi everyone, this assignment requires you to read a case study and write about the following questions listed below. I have listed the essential reading that must be sourced within the report. 10% more or less is allowed for the total word count, so a minimum of 1800 words is allowed.

Length: 2000 words, plus or minus 10%
Due date: 23 October 2020

You have been appointed as the new HR Coordinator at the City of Kamloops. As you know, the HR Director, George Brotherton, is skeptical about the organisation’s wellbeing programs. He has asked you to prepare a report on the effectiveness and worth of wellbeing programs in general, and the City’s wellbeing programs in particular. You are required to review the academic literature on wellbeing and the evidence for and against the merits of wellbeing programs.

What does the academic literature (from economics and other disciplines) suggest about the success and cost-effectiveness and worth of wellbeing programs?

Which of the wellbeing initiatives at the City of Kamloops are likely to be successful and cost-effective?

What wellbeing programs would you recommend the City adopt in order to meet its objectives?

Do you think a risk assessment would be an appropriate method to assess and determine these matters?

Essential readings:
Goetzel, R, Henke, R,Tabrizi, M, Pelletier, K, Loeppke, R, Ballard, D, Grossmeier, J, Anderson, D, Yach, D, Kelly, R, McCalister, T, Serxner, S, Selecky, C, Shallenberger, L, Fries, J, Baase, C, Isaac, F, Crighton, A, Wald, P, Exum, E, Shurney, D & Metz, D 2014, ‘Do workplace health promotion (wellness) programs work?’, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, vol. 56, no. 9, pp. 927-934.

Jones, D, Molitor, D & Reif, J 2018, ‘What do workplace wellness programs do? Evidence from the Illinois Workplace Wellness Study’, Quarterly Journal of Economics, vol. 134, no. 4, pp. 1747-1791.

Rilkoff, L 2012, ‘The City of Kamloops’, Case Study in J Bratton & J Gold, Human resource management: Theory and practice, Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, Basingstoke, pp 494-495.


Marking criteria:

Research and synthesise relevant studies regarding effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of wellbeing programs
Appropriate recommendations based on research findings
Written expression

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