So what is a healthy workplace?
A healthy workplace implements workplace health programs and policies to create a supportive culture and physical environment that encourages healthy lifestyles. It is also characterised by employees and employers working together to support and promote the health and wellbeing of people.
What is a workplace health program?A workplace health program refers to activities undertaken in the workplace that support the health and wellbeing of employees. These activities may focus on individual behaviour change (e.g. education sessions or physical activity classes), and/or they may be targeted at an organisational level, creating policies and environments (physical and social) which support healthy behaviours (e.g. healthy catering policy or active transport end-of-trip facilities).
Why promote a workplace health program in your workplace?There is increased awareness regarding the value of workplace health programs that support the health and wellbeing of employees. Organisations that have implemented workplace health programs have reported positive business outcomes such as improved employee retention and productivity, among other benefits.
What are the benefits for your organisation? Research shows there are many measurable benefits to organisations and employers in implementing workplace health programs, including increased workplace productivity, reduced absenteeism, improved employee satisfaction, improved employee recruitment and retention, improved employee engagement and reduced worker’s compensation costs.
Benefits of a healthy workplace for employers Improve work performance and productivity
Reduce absenteeism and sick leave
Decrease frequency and costs of worker’s compensation
Improve employee morale, satisfaction and motivation
Improve corporate image and attraction/retention of employees
Increase return on training and development investment
Improve employee engagement and employee relation