Creating a Healthy Workplace: Getting Started

Increased Health = Increased ProductionHealthy workplaces reduces employees' risk for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, anxiety, depression and a variety of other problems.

When workplaces are managed well, employees are more motivated.

Proper programming allows employees to be able to care for themselves by eating properly, maintaining a healthy bodyweight, getting enough exercise, sleep and recreation, managing stress effectively and using medications appropriately.

Steps to Create a Healthy Workplace

Creating a healthy workplace policy can be beneficial to everyone within the organization.

Presenting a business case to management often entails:

  1. Getting support from management & co-workers, show them that this could:
    • Increase productivity
    • Retain staff
    • Reduce absenteeism
    • Help them become a more successful organization
  2. Assessing the needs of everyone within the organization
  3. Gathering feedback regarding employee expectations
  4. Developing a plan/policy
  5. Putting your plan into action
  6. Monitoring and evaluating progress

Toolkit for Starting a Health and Wellness Committee

  • Create a Healthy Workplace
    Help get your healthy workplace committee started with templates for responsibilities, agendas/minutes, ideas and checklists for committees

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