Workplace Health and Wellbeing
As a large part of a person’s life is spent at work, employers can and should play an important part in helping their workers achieve a good quality of life. The workplace can also be a useful arena to encourage people to improve their health.
Fit, healthy, and motivated employees are the key to success in any well-run business. Creating a healthy workplace and workforce, is about so much more than minimising risk and preventing injuries. It’s about creating a working environment that promotes a healthy lifestyle, supports people in their recovery from periods of poor health, and provides positive adjustments for those who have a disability or chronic health conditions.
The benefits of promoting health in the workplace for employers include:
- Healthier employees
- Positive effect on stress and mental wellbeing
- Increased productivity
- Improved resilience
- Lower rates of non-attendance and quicker return to work after illness
- Less injuries/accidents in the workplace, including a positive impact on back pain
- Greater staff retention and commitment
- Better communication and morale and general improvement in the working atmosphere
- A positive image of the organisation
The benefits for employees who take positive steps to look after their health, with the support of their employer, include:
- Better physical health
- Improved mental health
- Improved quality of life
- Better professional performance
There are a number of organisations and websites which can assist employers and employees to work together as a team to address health and wellbeing in the workplace.
The British Heart Foundation have produced a Heath at Work Toolkit, and it can be accessed online at www.bhf.org.uk/healthatwork
Other useful links include:
NHS choices- Workplace health www.nhs.uk/livewell/workplacehealth
Health, Work and Well-being - a cross-Government initiative to protect and improve the health and well-being of working age people www.dwp.gov.uk/health-work-and-well-being