Workplace Health and Wellbeing – NEW

7. Workplace Health and Wellbeing – NEW

This is section 7 of 12 to be included in your submission.

Promoting health and wellbeing in the workplace is a matter of vital importance for the welfare of workers, levels of productivity and economic growth. This new award recognises the importance of promoting health and wellbeing in the context of the broader health and safety agenda and is in line with the national priority to improve the health of the nation.

On the Island of Ireland we face the same health challenges as our European counterparts related to lifestyle trends, mental health issues, chronic disease and health inequalities all of which impact on the health of the workforce. At an international level it is well documented that workplaces are in a unique position to promote health and wellbeing and many workplaces here in Ireland have made significant progress in this area.

To recognise these achievements the Healthy Workplace Award, sponsored by Healthy Ireland, was commissioned and will be awarded to the organisation that clearly demonstrates evidence of promoting a culture of health and wellbeing while implementing health related programmes across the organisation. This award will be made in addition to any other award the successful organisation has achieved.

Organisations are expected to demonstrate evidence of organisational commitment to workplace health and wellbeing and evidence of addressing issues to promote a healthier lifestyle including mental health and wellbeing among employees.

Supporting evidence relating to 2018 is required in key areas associated with this section must include current evidence of implementation and review. Examples of the evidence required:

Organisational Commitment

  • Vision/Policy Statement
  • Staff Engagement
  • Staff Consultation
  • Training on Health and Wellbeing

Physical Work Environment

  • Health and Safety
  • Working Conditions
  • Facilities for employees to support physical activity
  • Canteen options including Healthy Menus
  • Implementation of Healthy Meeting Guidelines

Health and Wellbeing Programmes

  • Stress Management
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Healthy Eating
  • Mental Health Promotion
  • Physical Activity

Community Outreach

  • Engagement with local providers
  • Social Club Activity
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Addressing Health Inequalities

This is not an exhaustive list but presents a structure for applicants.

Download the awards guide [prompt list] [pdf; 444kb]

See section 8: Health and Safety Training