Project: Motivation for employers to carry out workplace health promotion: literature review


This project was submitted on 11/07/2014 and published by EU-OSHA

Workplace health promotion (WHP) is the combined efforts of employers, workers and society to improve the health and wellbeing of people at work. This can be achieved by: improving the work organisation and the work environment; promoting the active participation of all stakeholders in the process, and encouraging personal development. It is important to note that WHP aims to be a complementary support for, but not a replacement of, workplace risk management. Proper risk management is an essential foundation for a successful WHP programme. Developing and sustaining a healthy work environment and workforce has clear benefits for companies and employees, but can also lead to an improvement in social and economic development at local, regional, national and European level. This report presents the findings of a literature review that aims to identify the key reasons, arguments and motivation for employers to carry out workplace health promotion initiatives, and discusses some of the associated challenges and obstacles. This knowledge can be used to encourage and motivate employers to start WHP.

Leadership, Occupational health & wellbeing, Other, Training and education
Agriculture, Aviation and Aerospace, Chemical, Construction, Education, Engineering, Entertainment and Leisure, Environmental and Waste management, Finance, Fire, Food and Drink, Healthcare, Local Authorities, Manufacturing, Media, Nuclear, Offices, Offshore, Other, Public Sector, Quarrying / Mining, Railway, Retail, Telecommunications, Transport

Organisation: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

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Principal Investigator: Project management: Zinta Podniece, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA)

Other Researchers: Juliet Hassard, Dandan Wang and Tom Cox, Institute of Work, Health and Organisations - I-WHO, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom (Task Leaders)
Karen Muylaert, Institute for Occupational Safety and Health – PREVENT, Belgium
Anna Namysł and Anna Kazenas, Centralny Instytut Ochrony Pracy-Państwowy Instytut Badawczy - CIOP, Poland
Eva Flaspöler, German Statutory Accident Insurance (Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung –

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