The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
encourages workplaces to have an appropriate corporate health and
wellbeing program available for their staff. The benefits to the
employer of implementing a successful workplace health and wellbeing
program cannot be undervalued.
Over 10 million
Australians spend an average of eight hours per day in the workplace.
The department recognises that initiatives targeted at the workplace
provide a unique opportunity to access a large portion of the adult
population (in particular high risk groups), achieve improved physical
activity levels and health outcomes, provide participation and lifestyle
change opportunities in a supportive environment and ultimately enhance
the quality of life of Western Australians.
There has been
significant increases in the prevalence of obesity, physical inactivity
and lifestyle disease in Australia and worldwide. Over the past 50
years, the nature of work and the work-life balance have changed.
Today’s working environment contributes to the inactive lifestyles and
high levels of stress. The workplace is a key setting to promote and
enhance the health and wellbeing of Western Australians and improving
the wellness of workers is a vital social and economic priority.
workplace health programs have been shown to improve the health and
wellbeing of employees and facilitate organisational changes, such as
reduced absenteeism and increased productivity. Further benefits include
- Increased worker morale and engagement
- Increased team cohesion
- Improved corporate and recruitment image
- Increased job satisfaction
- Decrease in workplace injuries and associated expenses.
Workplaces require a comprehensive, integrated approach to health
promotion in the workplace that enhances the workplace culture and
environment and is supported by strong leadership and vision. In today’s
workplaces, in order to promote and improve health and wellbeing, the
focus should be on the individual, the workplace environment and the
people management practices of the organisation.
When implementing a workplace health and well-being program one should:
- Ensure senior and middle management are committed to the program;
- Integrate the program with the organisation’s goals and policies;
- Consult with staff for program planning;
- Promote safe environments; and
- Provide participation opportunities and activity sessions.
Implementing workplace health and wellbeing programs can be easy and inexpensive. Examples include;
- Physical health – organised walks at lunchtime, promoting active travel to meetings and implementing healthy eating policies and food choices;
- Mental health – yoga, massages, reflexology and meditation; and
- Educational workshops – exercise and nutrition, mental health, equity and diversity management, resilience and stress management.
Manager Human Resources
Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries – Sport and Recreation
Telephone 61 8 9492 9700
Healthier Workplace WA
01 February 2015
01 February 2017