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The Healthy Organisation

wellbeingThere’s more to creating a healthy organisation than making provisions for adequate health and safety - It goes far beyond that. It involves creating an environment that fosters good physical and mental health. 

Why is it important?

There’s increasing evidence that ‘Healthy Organisations’ are in all senses of the concept more successful as they are able to create a virtuous cycle of productivity by releasing, encouraging and supporting a collective sense of vitality and concomitant creativity – all essential attributes for all successful organisations.

Employers are in a unique position of being able to educate, motivate and support their employees in understanding and actively maintaining their fitness and well-being. Commercial Occupational Health Providers Association

As highlighted in the Black Report ‘Working for a Healthier Tomorrow (published in March 2008), companies which take an avid interest in building a healthy workplace environment can expect to benefit from:

  • Improved productivity
  • Increased morale and engagement
  • Reduced absenteeism
  • An enhanced competitive edge
  • Improved corporate responsibility

But what makes a ‘Healthy Organisation’

Line Management

Good line management can lead to good health, well-being and improved performance – this is due to the reason that Line Managers tend to be responsible for identifying and supporting people with health conditions to help them carry out their responsibilities.

Be fully equipped to support healthy employees functioning.

Organisations that function with clear leadership, structures, roles and tasks tend to provide a psychologically healthy and containing environment for employees where they can form a positive psychological attachment. These organisations seek to minimize structurally induced stress and promote real employee empowerment and engagement.

Promote a culture of wellness and well-being:

  • Create an Occupational Health Processes that address health risk in the work place whilst encouraging, supporting and rewarding positive health behaviour in employees
  • Managing employee absence in a direct and sensitive way
  • Provide benefits, tools and facilities that support healthy lifestyles

Promote and support work-life integration

Organisations which recognising that whilst work is important to employees – productive work arises out of a sense balance – where hard work is complemented by physical and emotional recovery.

If you’d like to find out how Ceridian’s Work-Life services can  help your employees stay focused on and committed to work, please contact 0800 0482 737

  • 1st March 2009
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