Developing a Holistic Health and Wellbeing Program

WorkCover Tasmania in its guide called Your Simple Guide to Workplace Health and Wellbeing (PDF) state that a successful health and wellbeing program at work is one which:
 
  • Is cost effective and doesn’t have to be expensive
  • Is closely linked to workplace health and safety
  • Assesses needs to identify health issues in the workplace
  • Involves voluntary participation and achieves high participation
  • Is sustainable and has a long-term commitment
  • Is evaluated and reviewed as required
  • Addresses individual and organisational issues
  • Has management support and senior managers are actively involved
  • Is accessible to all employees, irrespective of their health status, location or role in the workplace
  • Has champions and coordinators who have access to resources and training relevant to health promotion.
 
WorkSafe Victoria has developed a comprehensive and easy-to-use guide on developing a healthy workplace, called Healthy Workplace Kit: Your Guide to Implementing Health and Wellbeing Programs at Work (PDF. 4.1KB).
 
As well as the steps needed to develop a plan and create organisational support and commitment, the guide includes:
 
  • A suggested workplace audit tool (healthy workplace check)
  • A suggested workplace health and wellbeing needs survey
  • A sample health and wellbeing mission statement and policy
  • A sample healthy workplace action plan
  • A checklist for ensuring effective implementation and review
  • Suggested evaluation tools and methods
  • Initiatives for action including-
    • physical activity
    • healthy eating
    • quit smoking
    • alcohol
    • mental health and wellbeing.

 

Possible Actions for a Health and Wellbeing Program >>