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What is a Healthy Workplace?
According to the World Health Organization, 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 all workers and the sustainability of the workplace.
Healthy workplaces provide an environment that is supportive of employees’ mental and physical health, making the healthy choice the easy choice.
Why Create a Healthy Workplace?
Today’s business environment requires organizations to leverage every possible advantage to in order to thrive and be competitive and sustainable. Research has shown that organizations with an engaged, healthy workforce are more effective, more productive, and enjoy a better reputation. Such organizations also tend to have reduced absenteeism, fewer health-related expenses, and lower staff turnover.
What Approach is Most Effective?
Researchers have shown that, in order to effectively address health in the workplace, employers need to use a comprehensive approach, taking action on a variety of factors. The Ontario Workplace Health Coalition (OWHC) Healthy Workplace Model has four essential elements that work together to create a healthy workplace. It can be used by workplaces of all sizes. Click here to learn more.
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health offers Pedometer Lending Kits and Urban Pole Lending Kits, along with a number of printed resources and displays featuring health topics of interest to workplaces.
For information, resources, and support to create a healthy workplace, call (613) 966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 233.