April 1, 2019
Businesses are becoming more aware of just how much the workplace affects employees’ physical and mental health. The volume of research is growing that show health and wellbeing programs are beneficial to have, and not just nice to have. However, we also know business owners can feel overwhelmed about exactly where to start.
The Water Industry Alliance has partnered with SA Health and Business SA to provide you with resources and information to support your business to include health and wellbeing as part of your every day business. Over the next couple of months we will be sharing with you resources for small business and information on what we have identified as the top 4 hazards in the workplace for the water sector. Additional resources will be made available exclusively for WIA members on the member portal. Log in to access these resources today.
Below are a number of resources to help you include health and wellbeing in all that you do, as a part of your business as usual, so you can reap the reward of healthier, happier staff who are more productive, more engaged, and less likely to have time off or sustain injuries - leading to an increase in your business profits.
Below are links to the most up-to-date research, helpful strategies, resources and general links to guide you on the pathway to better employee health.
Latest research on wellbeing at work
- Workplace wellness in Australia – aligning action with aims: Optimising the benefits of workplace wellbeing
- Workplace Health Association Australia – Best Practice Guidelines, Research and Reports, Government Policy, Case Studies and Industry Links
- Superfriend – Building Thriving Workplaces and Indicators of a Thriving Workplace Survey
Business benefits on why to incorporate workplace wellbeing
The following links will provide you with evidence to show why it is beneficial to invest in workplace wellbeing, including recent research and statistics. If you’re not convinced workplace wellbeing should be a part of your business strategy, then check out the business case examples below:
- Business SA Guide (in development)
- SA Health - Building a business case
- Comcare - Benefits to business: The evidence for investing in worker health and wellbeing
- Healthier Workplace WA - Benefits for business
For guides on how to integrate health and wellbeing
It’s great to understand the importance of doing something about wellbeing in the workplace, but it’s difficult to know how to start or what to do next. A key to success is having a plan, and this step can at times be missed, with businesses sometimes putting ad hoc activities in place. To ensure you get it right, check out one of the planning guides below:
- SA Health - A workplace health and wellbeing toolkit
- Workplace Health and Safety Queensland - Work Health Planning Guide
- Healthier Workplace WA - Plan, Do, Review
- Heart Foundation - Healthy workplace guide: Ten steps to implementing a workplace health program
- Queensland Government - 5 steps to a Healthier. Happier. Workplace
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: National Institute for Occupation Safety and Health (NIOSH) - Total Worker Health