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:

[wp-svg-icons icon=”signup” wrap=”i”]  Health and safety concerns in the physical work environment.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”signup” wrap=”i”]  Health, safety and well-being concerns in the psycho-social work environment including organisation of work and workplace culture.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”signup” wrap=”i”]  Personal health resources in the workplace.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”signup” wrap=”i”]  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

[wp-svg-icons icon=”signup” wrap=”i”]  Healthy workplaces can help to make businesses more productive and employees more engaged.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”signup” wrap=”i”]  It has been estimated that the healthiest employees are three times more productive at work than their colleagues.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”signup” wrap=”i”]  The increase in preventable disease and workplace injury resulting from unhealthy living is a major cause of workplace absence or disruption.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”signup” wrap=”i”]  Lifestyle risk factors such as smoking, excessive drinking, poor diet, inactivity and excess body weight can contribute to time away from work.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”signup” wrap=”i”]  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

[wp-svg-icons icon=”signup” wrap=”i”]  Improved work performance and productivity.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”signup” wrap=”i”]  Reduced absenteeism and sick leave.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”signup” wrap=”i”]  Decreased incidence of attending work when sick (presenteeism).

[wp-svg-icons icon=”signup” wrap=”i”]  Decreased frequency and cost of workers’ compensation.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”signup” wrap=”i”]  Improved staff morale, satisfaction and motivation.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”signup” wrap=”i”]  Improved corporate image and attraction/retention of employees.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”signup” wrap=”i”]  Increased return on training and development investment.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”signup” wrap=”i”] Improved employee engagement and employee relationships.

Benefits for Employees

[wp-svg-icons icon=”signup” wrap=”i”]  Increase in health awareness and knowledge.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”signup” wrap=”i”]  Increase in physical health and mental well-being.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”signup” wrap=”i”]  Improved morale, job satisfaction and motivation.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”signup” wrap=”i”]  Improved opportunities for a healthier lifestyle.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”signup” wrap=”i”]  Greater capacity to enjoy life both in and outside the workplace.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”signup” wrap=”i”] Employees who are happy and healthy promote a positive company image of caring and social responsibility.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”signup” wrap=”i”]  Improved productivity, energy, attitude, and self-confidence that results in higher likelihood of goal achievement.

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