Promoting health, safety and wellbeing in workplaces
The World Health Organisation describes a healthy workplace as one where “workers and managers collaborate to use a continual improvement process to protect and promote the health, safety and wellbeing of all workers and the sustainability of the workplace”.
Community and Public Health staff in Canterbury and South Canterbury able to support workplaces to create a healthy work environment using the WorkWell programme or on specific topics such as:
- Healthy eating,
- Mental wellbeing,
- Infection control,
- Physical activity,
- Safe drinking,
- Smoking, and
- Sun safety.
Download or read a Healthy Workplaces information sheet:
What is a healthy workplace? from the Health Promotion Agency.
WorkWell: supporting a healthy work environment
Community and Public Health delivers the WorkWell programme to local companies in Canterbury and South Canterbury. The goal of WorkWell is for all staff to be supported in a healthy work environment that:
- is focussed on the health and wellbeing of all staff
- values staff and promotes trust
- encourages teamwork and positive relationships to achieve shared objectives
- enables effective and open communication throughout the organisation
- encourages and supports change and innovation and fosters creativity
- identifies and adapts to changing work-life commitments
- is culturally aware, supportive of and responsive to the diversity of the workforce; and
- supporting and encouraging healthy lifestyles – the healthy choice is the easy choice.
The Healthy Workplaces Coordinator at Community and Public Health supports interested workplaces through a process for promoting health on-site, and also provides WorkWell accreditation. This role is funded by the South Canterbury District Health Board.
The benefits of WorkWell for your workplace
An average adult will spend approximately half of their waking hours at work. So there is an important link between an employee’s wellbeing and how productive they are.
Many factors within the workplace can impact on employee wellbeing; making the workplace an ideal environment for addressing health and wellbeing habits. This can have can have significant benefits for both employees and employers such as:
- increased energy and motivation
- improved staff morale and job satisfaction;
- reduced risk of injury or illness;
- reduced absenteeism; and
- increased productivity.
Implementing the WorkWell programme is also an excellent way to demonstrate that the business cares about their employees. For example two South Canterbury workplaces have recommended WorkWell to their national parent company, and other company will be rolling out WorkWell throughout their Canterbury workplaces.