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Canada's Healthy Workplace Week is overseen by
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The theme for Canada's Healthy Workplace Week (CHWW) 2005 is Healthy Outcomes, which is one of the "drivers" in the "Canada's Healthy Workplace Criteria" developed by the National Quality Institute with assistance from the Canadian Healthy Workplace Council, and Health Canada.
Developing a healthier workplace results in improved outcomes and performance for both employees and the organization as a whole. This year, CHWW explores how to identify, plan for and measure these outcomes.
Healthy Outcomes Means:
- Your organization strives to create a healthy workplace culture
- The expected outcomes from developing a healthy workplace culture are documented and ways of measuring these outcomes are put into place
- Healthy organizational outcomes (such as improved customer satisfaction/loyalty, enhanced performance, reduced absenteeism/ presenteeism, lower turnover and improved recruitment, etc.) and healthy personal outcomes (such as employee satisfaction, morale and engagement in healthy lifestyle practices) are achieved as a result
- Employee satisfaction and morale is measured regularly and action plans are implemented to make improvements where necessary
- A safe and well-designed physical environment leading to fewer and less severe accidents and injuries is developed
Throughout the CHWW website this year you will find many activities to help your organization achieve healthy outcomes. In the "2005 Activities" section there are some simple and fun activities and challenges that can be implemented during Healthy Workplace Week on October 24-30. But don't wait until then - start your planning now! The "Long Term Strategies" section provides ideas for making 'healthy outcomes' a way of doing business in your organization.
Healthy Workplace Model
The centre of the Healthy Workplace Model shows that the goal of healthy workplace development is not only employee health, but also organizational health and success. The surrounding 'drivers' - healthy leadership, planning, people focus and healthy outcomes show the actions required to achieve healthy workplace development.
CHWW 2005 is focused on Healthy Outcomes, the fourth driver shown in the Healthy Workplace Model.
As shown in the diagram, the broad view of employee health considers an individual's ability to 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 all aspects of an individual's well-being.
A healthy organization is one that is productive, effective, has high morale and employee engagement levels, and a healthy bottom-line. Organizational health is impacted by the well-being of the employees, but is also affected by many other factors including workplace culture, leadership, communication, job design and decision making styles. And these factors, in turn, affect employee health.
Dr. Martin Shain has described organizational health as "relying upon management to create a supportive management culture through policies, leadership, programs and other initiatives, and upon employees to care for their own well-being."
The four drivers on the outside of the circle are fundamental to creating a healthy organization.
Four Drivers of a Healthy Workplace
The outer circle in this model shows four fundamental elements that drive a healthy workplace:
- Healthy Leadership Practices
- Healthy Workplace Planning Processes
- People Focus
- Healthy Outcomes
For further information on these 'drivers' click here to access the Canada's Healthy Workplace Criteria.