Workplace Health

Healthy Workplaces


The Health Options at Work (HOW) team supports Toronto workplaces to become healthier and more productive using a comprehensive six step process:

  1. Recognize workplace health contributes to productivity.
  2. Get commitment from all stakeholders.
  3. Develop a workplace wellness committee.
  4. Conduct a situational assessment and employee survey.
  5. Create an action plan.
  6. Evaluate the program.


A healthy workplace considers four factors

Individual Health Practices & Behaviours

Initiatives that support employees in making healthy lifestyle choices e.g. mental wellness, healthy eating, smoke-free practices, and physical activity.

Occupational Health & Safety

Initiatives that help to provide a safe physical environment e.g. policies to address workplace violence (Bill 168), smoke-free workplaces, psychological health and safety, and WSIB.

Organizational Culture

Initiatives that enhance the physical and mental well-being of employees e.g. recognition programs, flexible work arrangements, and employee assistance programs.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Initiatives that improve the health of employees, their families and society e.g. charitable support, waste control measures, and equal employment policies.

Make the Connection between Workplace Health and Productivity

Mental Health

Workplace Health Topics

Addressing health in the workplace supports employee practices and behaviours, positive organizational culture, and occupational health & safety legislation.

Our Services

The Health Options at Work (HOW)

The Health Options at Work (HOW) team offers free wellness services to workplaces in the City of Toronto. Our services support those who influence employee health and wellness.

Workplace Mental Health Promotion

Most adults spend the greatest part of their waking hours at work. A stressful work environment can adversely affect mental well-being and be costly to employees as well as employers. Taking steps to prevent stress, identify and address hazards and promoting healthy work environments benefits workers, employers, communities and our economy.