The Health Options at Work (HOW) team supports Toronto workplaces to become healthier and more productive using a comprehensive six step process:
- Recognize workplace health contributes to productivity.
- Get commitment from all stakeholders.
- Develop a workplace wellness committee.
- Conduct a situational assessment and employee survey.
- Create an action plan.
- 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.
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.