The workplace influences the wellbeing of employees physically, mentally and socially. It can be an ideal setting that encourages the promotion of health. Employers are increasingly recognising their responsibility to the health and wellbeing of their employees and that investing in their employee health and wellbeing can encourage productivity. In fact, a healthy and motivated workforce can lead to a long-term business success. In addition, investing in the health of employees can also bring business benefits such as reduced absence due to sickness, loyalty and higher staff retention.
Workplace health support is “the combined efforts of employers, employees and society to enhance the health and well-being of people at work” positively boosts the work environment and company culture, whilst improving the organisations productivity. Each organisation can take a different approach in implementing this by:
- 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 creating a the healthy workplace, visit the Fit for Work website’s online resources.