The workplace directly influences the physical, mental and social wellbeing of employees and offers an ideal setting in which to support the promotion of health. Employers are increasingly recognising that they have an obligation to the health and wellbeing of their workforce and that tangible investments in employee health and wellbeing within the workplace encourage productivity. In fact, long-term business success can only really be achieved through a healthy, qualified and motivated workforce. In addition, investing in the health of employees can also bring business benefits such as reduced sickness absence, increased loyalty and better staff retention.
Workplace health promotion, which can be described as “the combined efforts of employers, employees and society to enhance the health and well-being of people at work” enhances the work environment and company culture, whilst improving organisational productivity and efficiency. Approaches to it will vary from organisation to organisation and are often closely linked to the outcomes of risk assessments, however, they may include:
- actively involving employees in work environment, workplace health promotion, and decision-making processes;
- an organisational commitment to improving the health of the workforce including measures to enhance wellbeing at work, for example:
- guidance on healthy eating;
- advice on healthy lifestyles, such as smoking cessation support, enabling flexible or home working, encouraging physical activity, and promoting an active and healthy culture at work and home;
- offering courses for managers on how to deal with stress and tension within their team.
For information on work-related health issues, or for guidance on making the workplace a healthy one, take a look at the Fit for Work online resources, or speak to an advisor on 0800 032 6235 (English) or 0800 032 6233 (Cymraeg).