On average, Canadian workers spend about 60% of their waking hours at work. What happens in the workplace can have a huge impact on employees' overall health.
Employee health can be affected by
A healthy workplace is one that takes all these things into consideration. It is a place where employees have a safe and clean work environment, where they have strong and supportive working relationships that give them a sense of control and influence over what happens to them, and where they are encouraged to look after their own health both at work and at home.
Being healthy and feeling well at work is about more than just not being sick! To be truly “well” you need to take personal responsibility for your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. That means making choices that will help you improve or maintain your health. It also means stopping or reducing behaviour that isn't healthy.
Here are some ideas for maintaining or improving your own health:
Take care of the essentials.
Find healthy ways to beat stress.
Don't go it alone.
Having healthy employees is a definite plus for any organization. Healthy employees are more energetic, are less likely to be involved in an accident, are sick less often, and are able to recover from illness faster. Investing in employee health programs usually results in lower absenteeism, reduced sick leave and lower job accident rates. But the benefits go far beyond the bottom line. Employers who care about their people take steps to improve the quality of their employees’ lives.
Here are some things employers can do to increase health and reduce risk in their workplaces:
Provide information and education.
Promote employee participation.
Be flexible and innovative.
Be a responsible host at company functions.
Provide resources and support.
AHS Addiction and Mental Health offers a range of programs and services to help employers and employees create healthy, safe workplaces.