April 28 is World day for safety and health at work
Healthy employees help create a healthy work environment
By Drew Murray, Physiotherapist
Working in a healthy environment helps foster healthy employees; the opposite is also true. In our 24/7 digital economy with long working hours, sedentary behaviours, and stressful lifestyles, it’s not surprising that more and more people are unable to work due to musculoskeletal concerns, chronic disease, and/or mental health issues. Everybody has the right to health, which is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a state of complete physical and mental well-being and not only the absence of disease and infirmity.
As stated by Dr. Kerstin Leitner, Assistant Director-General for Healthy Environments and Sustainable Development at WHO, "Significant and more long-lasting health gains could be achieved if greater emphasis were placed on effective policies and programs for primary prevention.”
Research has shown that workplace wellness programs do provide clinically important improvements in physical and mental health. A 2008 meta-analysis by Parks and Steelman confirmed that employees who participated in wellness programs were less likely to take time off vs. non-participants, and were generally healthier.
At Amani Health, our Corporate Wellness Program focuses on your employees' short- and long-term mental and physical well-being, through compassionate healthcare and education, while empowering them to be healthy in body, mind, and spirit. Contact us to learn more about Amani Health's Corporate Wellness Program and how we can help you become a healthier, safer, and more profitable company.
Parks, K. M., & Steelman, L. A. (2008). Organizational wellness programs: A meta-analysis. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 13(1), 58-68.
World Day for Safety and Health at Work