Capstone Projects

Creating a Culture of Wellness Within Construction Populations

Program: Health and Wellness Management
Host Company: Trax Construction
Location: Castle Rock, Wisconsin (onsite)
Student: Danielle Gloege

A culture of wellness within an organization is having a preventive and proactive approach to both the physical and mental well-being of their employee. Therefore, the purpose of this research is to investigate current employee’s wellness practices and the wellness culture of a small construction company. The project site was a construction company that had 100 employees, and no wellness program. Data was collected from the Center for Disease Controls Worksite Health ScoreCard, along with insurance claims data, and workers’ compensation claims data. The findings showed that the organization had leadership that was supportive of a health and wellness culture. Safety was the only area on the scorecard the received a perfect score, and workers’ compensation claims went down from 2017 to 2018. Musculoskeletal injuries were the top claim category for workers’ compensation claims. Tobacco cessation programs are almost non-existence within the company. After analyzing the data, the elements that should be included within a culture of wellness within a construction company should be safety, musculoskeletal injury prevention, leadership, and tobacco cessation programs.