Promoting health 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 Mid Canterbury able to support workplaces to create a healthy work environment using the WorkWell programme or on specific topics such as:

  • Breastfeeding,
  • 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 Mid 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
  • supports and encourages healthy lifestyles – the healthy choice is the easy choice.

The Healthy Workplaces Coordinators at Community and Public Health support interested workplaces through a process for promoting health on-site, and also provides WorkWell accreditation.

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 recommended WorkWell to their national parent company, and another company will be rolling out WorkWell throughout their Canterbury workplaces.

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Download or order resources from the Community Health Information Centre.

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For more information on WorkWell or healthy workplaces, contact:

Ann Vanschevensteen
Ph: +64 3 364 1777

Carly McDowell
Ph: +64 3 307 6903

Help your workplace better provide for people on bikes

The NZ Transport Agency has produced an online Workplace Cycling Guide – in partnership with the Sustainable Business Network.

This guide covers the why and how of getting your workplace onto bikes – whether your workplace is just starting out, or already provides well for staff members who commute by bike. The guide includes everything from the basics of providing good bike storage, to providing fleet bikes for your staff. The guide is complemented by plenty of resources and inspiration to get you started.

The NZTA recommends utilising this guide if you are responsible for your organisation’s health and well-being programme, its sustainability (corporate social responsibility programme), or its travel demand management work.

Healthy Nibbles for Workplaces

These helpful one-page information sheets are produced a variety of topics.

Page last updated: 08/08/2019

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