Healthy workplaces support and encourage healthy behaviours
The WHO definition of a Healthy Workplace is as follows:
A healthy workplace is one in which workers and managers collaborate to use a continual improvement process to protect and promote the health, safety and well-being of workers and the sustainability of the workplace by considering the following, based on identified needs:
Health and safety concerns in the physical work environment.
Health, safety and well-being concerns in the psycho-social work environment including organisation of work and workplace culture.
Personal health resources in the workplace.
Ways of participating in the community to improve the health of workers, their families and other members of the community.
Creating wellness for your employees and success of your company
Healthy workplaces can help to make businesses more productive and employees more engaged.
It has been estimated that the healthiest employees are three times more productive at work than their colleagues.
The increase in preventable disease and workplace injury resulting from unhealthy living is a major cause of workplace absence or disruption.
Lifestyle risk factors such as smoking, excessive drinking, poor diet, inactivity and excess body weight can contribute to time away from work.
Loss in productivity due to obesity through absenteeism, attending work when sick and premature death is estimated to cost $6.4 billion a year according to the Australian government.
Benefits for Employers
Improved work performance and productivity.
Reduced absenteeism and sick leave.
Decreased incidence of attending work when sick (presenteeism).
Decreased frequency and cost of workers’ compensation.
Improved staff morale, satisfaction and motivation.
Improved corporate image and attraction/retention of employees.
Increased return on training and development investment.
Improved employee engagement and employee relationships.
Benefits for Employees
Increase in health awareness and knowledge.
Increase in physical health and mental well-being.
Improved morale, job satisfaction and motivation.
Improved opportunities for a healthier lifestyle.
Greater capacity to enjoy life both in and outside the workplace.
Employees who are happy and healthy promote a positive company image of caring and social responsibility.
Improved productivity, energy, attitude, and self-confidence that results in higher likelihood of goal achievement.