3: Health promoting workplaces

Health promoting workplaces

How can workplaces promote health?

As explained in the previous theme, your employer is obliged to provide you with a safe and healthy work environment. But employers can go a step further and address health in a broader way, through workplace health promotion. Simply put, this means that they promote a healthy lifestyle by providing a health-promoting work environment and working conditions conducive to health. 

Examples of how employers can promote health are:

  • Providing health education, training on health related topics;
  • Ensuring a good work-life balance, e.g. by allowing flexible working arrangements such as work from home (teleworking);
  • Promoting a healthy diet,  e.g. by providing healthy food options in the canteen;
  • Promoting physical activity, e.g. by installing showers so that you can go for a run during lunch break, or offering financial assistance for recreational activities;
  • Promoting professional development; and
  • Organising training on time management.  

Do you have some ideas about ways your employer could help you to stay healthy? Why not share them and encourage your employer to implement a workplace health promotion programme?

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Examples of workplace health promotion programmes