Why promote health at the workplace?
Workplace health promotion benefits both employees and the enterprise they work for: employees wish to stay fit and healthy and have a sense of well-being while at work; with healthy and thus more productive employees, a company is more competitive.
Workplace health promotion is a modern corporate strategy which aims at preventing ill-health at the workplace, at increasing the motivation and productivity of the workforce and thus ensuring maintenance or even improvement of output and quality.
The promotion of health at the workplace can provide for targeted elimination of sources of ill-health at work and promote healthier and safer work practices among the workforce.
Successful projects designed to promote health at the workplace employ a learning cycle encompassing the identification of the requirement, the preparation of a concept, the implementation of the measures and the monitoring of the outcome.
Workplace health promotion - a holistic business strategy
Workplace health promotion requires the combined efforts of employers, employees and society to improve the health and well-being of people at work
(The Luxembourg Declaration on Workplace Health Promotion in the European Union - 1997)
Workplace health promotion (WHP) is a modern corporate strategy which aims at preventing ill-health at work and enhancing health-promoting potentials and well-being in the workforce. WHP targets all aspects that might cause stress or illness at work. This is in the interest of both workforce and entrepreneur; employees wish to stay fit and healthy and have a sense of wellbeing while at work; with healthy and thus more productive employees, a company is more competitive. The result is a win-win outcome for both sides.
WHP is of benefit to organisations because it helps them:
- Enhance levels of satisfaction of the workforce and their productivity
- Improve product and service quality
- Improve communication and cooperation within the company
- Reduce sickness-related costs over the long term
- Enhance their corporate image
- Reduced stress at work
- Reduced sickness rates
- Increased well-being
- Improved working environment
- Healthier behaviour at work and during leisure time