In a healthy, safe and thriving workplace, people feel good about working and can perform at their best.
A healthy workplace is one where workers and managers collaborate to continually improve the health, safety and wellbeing of all workers and by doing this, sustain the productivity of the business (World Health Organisation, 2009).
A healthy working environment is characterised by one in which there is not only an absence of harmful conditions (that can cause injury and illness) but an abundance of health-promoting ones (World Health Organisation, 2010).
A successful healthy workplace program has the following characteristics:
- committed leadership that supports and invests in a healthy workplace
- involvement and engagement of workers in the program
- is tailored to the workplace to address specific needs and priority areas
- focuses on both physical and mental health, safety and wellbeing
- has a culture of care – a strong people focus where people feel cared for beyond just getting the job done
- becomes the way business is done – is integrated and sustainable
- work is a positive contributor to health.
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