Healthy Work

It is reported that Canadian workers spend on average 30-40 hours per week in the workplace. Given that this accounts for approximately 60% of our waking hours and recognizing the intrinsic connection between the workplace and the health and wellbeing of its members, it highlights the importance of workplace health.

The World Health Organization defines a healthy workplace as 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.”

Generally speaking, healthy workplaces demonstrate:

  • improved employee engagement
  • increased sustainability
  • improved recruitment and retention
  • increased health and safety
  • reduced absenteeism
  • reduced presenteeism
  • reduced benefits costs
  • reduced Workers Compensation Board (WCB) claims and disability rates

In essence, when people feel appreciated, respected and satisfied in their roles, and work in safe, healthy environments, they will ultimately be more engaged, connected, committed and productive. As such, organizations that encourage a focus on health (mental, physical and social) and self care demonstrate they value their members.

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