Improve Your Employees’ Well-Being By Implementing Occupational Health Strategy

 

World Health Organization has declared health and safety in work environment as a global concern. Endorsing Global Plan of Action on Workers’ health 2008-2017, World Health Assembly urges all member states of the United Nations to improve occupational health and wellness in their jurisdictions. International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that every 15 second, a worker loses his/her life from a work-related accident or disease. The staggering statistic shows how serious the problem is.

This issue is important not only for organizations, but also for a nation. Bad work environment that results in workers’ illness is not only morally unacceptable, but also costly. A company needs its employees to produce goods or services to generate revenue. It is unethical if it does not provide decent work environment and health protection to its employees. Economically, illness caused by work-related disease will decrease productivity–a bad news for companies’ bottom line. Moreover, when some employees die, they should be replaced. Human resource managers generally agree that employee turnover is something unwanted: turnover can hurt employees’ morale, while training new employees will incur more costs for the company. For a nation, inability in ensuring labor forces’ well-being in workplaces is a sign of failure in protecting its citizens. At the same time, the productivity loss will hamper its economic growth and development.

Thus, occupational health and wellness is a must in every organization, for the greater good of all. Safe and healthy work environment will bring some benefits. These include employee retention, good reputation and image, and higher productivity. In order to improve occupational health and wellness in your workplaces, you should promote an organization-wide health program supported by top management. Some of its implementations include providing healthy foods, promoting health education, installing sports and fitness facilities, mandating regular medical screenings, and offering psychological service for mental health. Finally, health and wellness at workplaces should be integrated in organizational culture.