Workplace health policies
The workplace is an ideal environment in which to make a positive impact on the overall health of employees.
Workplace health policies are key contributors to a healthy workplace environment and helping employees achieve overall health. Having policies in place shows employees that their work is valued and appreciated, which can make you an employer of choice.
Why are workplace health policies important?
- support actions
- reflect the core values of the organization by guiding actions and behaviours
- provide structure
- create sustainability—they withstand changes since they are more difficult to change once implemented
Workplace health policies affect everyone involved in the workplace. The policies need to target all employees, including management, as well as volunteers. Education and awareness are necessary before implementing a health policy to help everyone affected understand why it is needed.
Workplace health policies:
- are the official written documents that support the health beliefs and behaviours of the organization and their employees
- advise employees what they can expect from their employer and what the employer can expect from the employees
- support healthy choices in the workplace
- support workplace health program sustainability
- provide a framework for health promotion
- create equitable opportunities for all employees and employers
Types of workplace health policies
There are many types of workplace health policies that can be applied to the workplace. Some types of workplace health policies are:
- physical activity in the workplace policy
- alcohol and drug use policy
- reproductive health policy
- breastfeeding in the workplace policy
- smoke-free workplace policy
- sun and UV safety policy
- healthy eating in the workplace policy
- work stress policy
- work-life balance policy
- healthy shiftwork policy
To successfully implement these policies, it is a good idea to apply a thorough comprehensive workplace health promotion approach.
A good workplace health policy…
- makes you an “employer of choice”
- reduces safety risks
- achieves the best possible outcomes for your employees
- increases productivity
- improves morale
- enhances job satisfaction
- reduces lost time and staff turnover
- shows you care about your employees and their families
This item was last modified on June 12, 2015