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Canada's Healthy Workplace Week is overseen by
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Healthy Workplace Planning is the theme for Canada's Healthy Workplace Week (CHWW) 2003 and one of the "drivers" in the "Canada's Healthy Workplace Criteria" developed by the National Quality Institute and Health Canada.
Often, in a quest to address a particular workplace issue, organizations will jump to the program implementation stage before effectively assessing and understanding their needs. However, to successfully build a healthy workplace - one where both employee well-being and organizational productivity are enhanced – a solid business plan is essential.
Healthy Workplace Planning
Healthy Workplace Planning addresses the assessment of organizational needs, the development of an overall Healthy Workplace "Business Plan" and a strategic approach to program design and implementation. This site provides you with tools and resources that will help your company build strategic direction for a healthy organization and reinforce workplace health
Five Drivers of a Healthy Workplace
- Healthy Leadership Practices
- Healthy Workplace Planning Processes
- People Focus
- Process Management
- Measurement and Evaluation of Outcomes
For further information on these "drivers" click here to access the Canada's Healthy Workplace Criteria.
The centre of the Healthy Workplace Model shows that the goal of healthy workplace development is not only employee health, but also organizational health. The surrounding ‘drivers’ - healthy leadership, planning, people focus, process management and outcomes - depict the necessary action required to achieve healthy workplace development. CHWW 2003 is focused on Healthy Workplace Planning, the second driver shown in the Healthy Workplace Model.
As shown in the diagram, the broad view of employee health considers how an individual can optimize their physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual well-being. How an organization functions – including its leadership style, communication methods, the way work is structured, reward systems, decision making style, culture, etc. – can significantly affect an individual’s well-being.
The well-being of individual employees can have an impact on the health of an organization - productivity, morale, financial health, high attendance, retention, innovation, etc. But organizational health is also affected by many other factors, including leadership, communication, decision making styles, customer satisfaction, etc. The five drivers on the outside of the circle are all fundamental to creating a healthy organization.