Wellness Works

The University of Manitoba Commitment to Wellness through Wellness Works reflects a partnership between the University of Manitoba, the Manitoba government and the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce. Our goal is to promote and foster a healthy workplace for all employees.

Read about the Healthy Workplace Challenge as featured in MB Biz, May 2016.

Our commitment to workplace wellness for all employees includes nine different pledges for healthier employees.


Active Transportation Pledge

The University of Manitoba commits to supporting employees become healthier commuters by accommodating active transportation choices.

A minimum of 150 minutes of physical activity per week is recommended, and can start with making active choices in regards to transportation.

Active transportation (AT) refers to any form of human-powered transportation (ex; walking, cycling, using a wheelchair, canoeing, in-line skating, skateboarding, snowshoeing, skiing). There are many ways to engage in active transportation, whether it is walking to the bus stop, or cycling to work.

Check out these UM resources supporting active transportation:

Quick Tips for Engaging in Active Transportation

  • Organize workplace active transportation challenges like Bike to Work Day
  • If you commute by bus, choose to get off the bus earlier and walk that extra bit to work
  • Bike or walk to work if possible
  • Park farther away to increase the walking distance to your office

Further Information & Resources


Ergonomics to Prevent Injuries Pledge

The University of Manitoba commits to ensuring that workspace, equipment and work methods reduce ergonomic stress and related fatigue among our employees.

The Environmental Health & Safety Office has a number of programs and training options around occupational health issues. Check out their website for more information about:

  • Hearing Conservation Program
  • Respiratory Protection Program
  • Asbestos Medical Surveillance
  • Ergonomic Evaluations (call 474-6438 to arrange an appointment)
  • Immunization and Post-Exposure Program
  • Workers Compensation Program
  • Accident/Incident Investigation
  • Designated First Aid
  • If workplace ergonomic equipment is needed because of an illness or disability, funding may be available through the Reasonable Accommodation Fund.
  • Reasonable Accommodation in Employment Policy & Procedure
  • Application for Funding under the Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Quick Tips to Prevent Workplace Injuries

  • Adjust your work schedule to include rest breaks, mini breaks (30 – 60 sec) and stretch breaks in order to reduce fatigue in muscles.
  • Engage in physical activity in the office (see the Reducing Sedentary Behavior Pledge)
  • Request an ergonomic evaluation of your workspace to determine if ergonomic equipment such as anti-fatigue mats, ergonomic keyboards/mouse, adjustable chairs, etc. would be advised for you.

Further Information & Resources


Infrastructure to Support Physical Activity Pledge

The University of Manitoba commits to developing and/or equipping our workplace to support physical activity in the most practical ways possible.

Check out these UM resources supporting employee physical activity:

Quick Tips to Increase Physical Activity in the Workplace

  • Participate in classes and programs offered right here on campus through Recreation Services
  • Organize group walks during breaks and lunch with coworkers either outside around campus or through tunnels
  • Take the stairs instead of elevators
  • Schedule walking meetings whenever possible

Further Information & Resources


Reducing Sedentary Behavior Pledge

The University of Manitoba commits to helping our employees move more during their work day.

Check out these UM resources supporting employee physical activity:

Quick Tips to Reduce Sedentary Behavior

  • Find opportunities to alternate between sitting, standing and moving during the day
  • Stand while talking on the phone
  • Walk down the hall to speak to someone in person rather than via email
  • Have standing or walking meetings
  • Schedule regular short breaks into long meetings to allow participants to stand, move and stretch

Further Information & Resources


Stress Management Pledge

The University of Manitoba commits to identifying and reducing workplace stressors where possible and will support and promote stress management and resiliency for all employees. We acknowledge that stress is a health and safety issue.

Check out these UM resources supporting positive stress management:

Quick Tips to Manage Stress

  • Check out the wellness related classes and workshops offered by Learning & Organizational Development
  • Get involved in your department's social committee (or suggest starting one) to plan events that help build a positive and productive workplace
  • Your physical health has an influence on your mental health - Increase your level of physical activity and start eating healthier in order to decrease your stress levels
  • Engage in relaxing activities such as hobbies, sports, mindfulness, etc.

Further Information & Resources

Information & Resources for Managers & Supervisors


Flu Prevention Pledge

The University of Manitoba commits to reducing the spread of flu in our workplace through immunization and prevention.

Check out these UM resources for flu prevention:

Quick Tips to Prevent the Flu

  • Wash your hands properly and frequently
  • If you are sick with the flu, stay home and recover to prevent spreading the illness

Further Information & Resources


Healthy Food Culture Pledge

The University of Manitoba commits to creating the conditions that support healthy eating in the workplace.

Most workplaces at the University of Manitoba have access to a lunch area with a refrigerator, microwave and sink to encourage employees to bring their lunch to work and allow for eating away from their workspace.

Conference & Catering Services and Food Services offer many healthy choices for food on campus for lunches, snacks and catered gatherings.

Further Information & Resources


Respectful Workplace Pledge

The University of Manitoba believes that all employees have a right to a safe and healthy work setting that promotes tolerance and respect.

Check out these UM resources supporting a respectful workplace:

The UM President's commitment to respect, integrity, equity and inclusion on campus is outlined here: http://umanitoba.ca/admin/president/respect/index.html

Office of Human Rights and Conflict Management

Respectful Work and Learning Environment (RWLE)

Quick Tips to Promote Respect in the Workplace

  • Before acting, consider the impact of your words and actions on others. Speak, listen and act with respect.
  • The University of Manitoba is made up of a large and very diverse community of students, staff and faculty. It is important to respect individual differences and qualities.
  • Learn more about positive, solution-driven conflict management strategies by taking Learning & Organizational Development courses
  • Consult the Office of Human Rights and Conflict Management if you have concerns regarding respect in your workplace

Further Information & Resources


Work-Life Balance Pledge

The University of Manitoba commits to promoting and supporting work-life balance policies, programs and services.

Check out these UM resources supporting employee work-life balance:

Supervisors/Managers: Contact your Human Resources Consultant for information about and assistance with workload balancing.

Quick Tips to Improve Your Work-Life Balance

  • Take the breaks that you are entitled to (coffee breaks, lunch).
  • Register for Learning & Organizational Development courses about time management, having crucial conversations, dealing with conflict, navigating change, etc.
  • Ask your supervisor about the possibility of flex hours, a compressed workweek or other scheduling flexibility.
  • Read this article to learn more about work-life balance and resiliency

Further Information & Resources