What are the Benefits of a Workplace Health Program?

This guide is designed to support you in the planning phase of a workplace health initiative and tries to answer the most important questions why such a program is beneficial for your organisation.

The average Australian spends approximately 1/3 of their life at work. The workplace has subsequently been recognized as a priority setting for health promotion by both the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Australian government.

Regular staff health checks are the initial step and a key component of health promotion in the workplace. Health checks lead to improved employee health and result in the protection and support of your human capital. They also allow you to identify key health areas within your organisation.

Benefit Result
Improved health awareness and knowledge leads to physical and mental wellbeing. Increased employee productivity.
Increased energy, vitality, work enjoyment and fulfillment. Increasing retention of staff and job satisfaction.
Greater performance and concentration. Reduced workplace injury and workers compensation costs.
Improved team relationships. Improved corporate image.

What's the evidence?

It has been shown that 96% of "Best Practice" Australian organisations implemented health and wellbeing initiatives during the last 12 months. In addition, organisations that didn't promote health and wellness were four times more likely to lose talent in the next 12 months.

In a recent large evaluation, workplace health programs resulted in an average 25.3% decrease in sick leave absenteeism, 40.7% decrease in workers compensation costs, 24.2% decrease in disability management costs and $5.81 saving for every $1 invested in employee wellbeing.

Research also indicates that in organisations where workplace health is managed well, financial performance increases by more than 2.5 times.

How to Select a Workplace Health Provider

The Health and Productivity Institute of Australia (HAPIA) recommends choosing a workplace health provider that:

  • Has a track record in the provision of services they intend to deploy;
  • Is a member of the relevant industry body (e.g. HAPIA, Australian Association of Exercise and Sports Science);
  • Uses only degree qualified professionals where appropriate (e.g. delivery of health assessments or coaching);
  • Has recognised accreditation (e.g. ISO Quality Certification)

FitSense is a member of HAPIA and therefore meets all of the above recommendations. Additionally, FitSense cares about the quality of our service delivery so our team is flexible in accommodating your needs to ensure you achieve the goals of the program.

Increasing your focus on employee health benefits your organisation, your employees and the Australian workforce. Based on all the information we have provided, it is clear to see that a huge opportunity exists for Australian businesses to improve performance through a focus on corporate health. Take advantage of that opportunity!

We really care about the health of your employees and would be happy to walk you through our services in detail or answer any open question that you might have. Call us 1300 88 58 40 or simple let us know when it would be best to talk to you info@fitsense.com.au

References

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  2. Business Council of Australia (2008) 'Health is Everybody's Business' [online], Available: http://www.bca.com.au/DisplayFile.aspx?FileID=483 [2013, February 1]
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