Health professionals widely agree that fostering a supportive workplace environment is a fundamental part of implementing a successful corporate health program.
Simply put, workplaces that provide and encourage a healthy environment have healthier employees. Most employees spend nearly half of their waking hours in the workplace.
By developing a supportive environment and culture, organisations are able to make better use of their workplace health program initiatives, increasing participation and enabling the achievement of long term positive health outcomes.
Improving the physical environment and implementing healthy policies can significantly affect a wide range of behaviours and habits. Start by assessing the workplace environment in terms of where and how it supports employees to improve their overall health.
How much exercise do they get on the job? Is there access to nutritious food? Are colleagues supportive of each other’s health goals? What sorts of policies have been implemented to minimise stress? Develop a workplace health committee and work with management to improve policies and facilities to target any areas that come up short. Below are a few suggestions.
Improving the Physical Environment
Improving the Policy Environment
Remember that the key to the success of any corporate health program is supporting employees to make healthy choices. A supportive environment encourages the maintenance of newly acquired healthy behaviours, enabling a healthier, happier and more productive workplace in the long run.
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