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Balanced Workplace Health

A comprehensive, balanced approach to health at work considers the interrelationship between individual lifestyle choices, the culture of the workplace and the approach your workplace takes to health and safety issues. Click on the headings in the diagram below for sample responses for each category.

 

Categories of Employee Health

 

Organizational Social Responsibility

The World Health Organization identifies an additional category for Balanced Workplace Health. According to the Ontario Workplace Health Coalition, Organizational Social Responsibility is where organizations participate “in the community to improve the health of workers, their families and other members of the community”1. Examples include:

  • Reducing the carbon footprint of business activities
  • Forest stewardship & using less paper
  • Fundraising for local charities
  • Control of pollutants in community air & water
  • Opportunities to volunteer during work hours
  • Working with community planners to build bike paths, sidewalks, etc2
  • Subsidizing public transportation and bicycles for employees to ride to work2

Sources:

1.  Ontario Workplace Health Coalition http://www.owhc.ca/pdf/OWHC_Website_CWH_Model_23Dec2014.pdf

2.  World Health Organization, Healthy Workplaces a Model for action: http://www.who.int/occupational_health/publications/healthy_workplaces_model.pdf?ua=1

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