What is health promotion?

Healthy and well-motivated employees can have a positive impact on an organisation, so it’s important to promote health at work.

When people think of health at work, they often think about health and safety in the workplace, and how they can ensure that they’re meeting their legal health and safety responsibilities.

However, workplace health promotion is about taking steps to help your employees improve their own general health and wellbeing at work.

Although it’s important to focus on traditional health and safety issues within the workplace, such as workplace hazards and safe working methods, you should also address non work-related factors that may not be covered in health and safety legislation.

How do I support health and wellbeing at work?

As an employer, there are many things you can do to help create a healthy, safe and positive workplace for your employees.

Workplace health promotion can include many different elements, and organisations will choose to focus on the issues that are most relevant to them.

However, there are some simple steps that you can take to encourage workplace wellbeing:

  • Promote a healthy culture at work, explaining how lifestyle choices affect health and wellbeing at work.
  • Allow employees to participate in, and consult with, workplace health initiatives.
  • Offer training to all staff, such as courses on workplace health and safety and mental health, one of the most common causes of sickness absence.
  • Educate employees on the effect of drugs and alcohol and support staff to give up smoking.
  • Support flexible working arrangements, such as part-time work, flexi-time or working from home.

What are the benefits of workplace health promotion?

By promoting workplace health and creating a positive and healthy workplace for your employees, your company will benefit from:

  • employees who are more motivated and productive;
  • reduced absence – healthy, motivated workers are less likely to take sick days;
  • reduced staff turnover, recruitment and training costs;
  • an enhanced reputation as a positive, caring organisation;
  • reduced insurance and compensation costs.