8 Easy Steps

This website will provide you with detailed information, tools and resources to guide you through an 8 step process that will help you to:

  • Gain leadership support for workplace health improvement
  • Assess your current state of workplace health
  • Establish a workplace health committee
  • Prioritize areas for action
  • Create a comprehensive action and evaluation plan
  • Calculate your return on investment (ROI)
  • Implement your comprehensive plan
  • Evaluate to inform continuous improvement

Follow our program by selecting one of the 8 steps on the right.


Many Albertans believe cancer is a matter of bad luck or faulty genes and that there is little they can do to prevent it. Yet, experts estimate that only a small part (15%) of our health is associated with biology or genetics. A large part (60%) can be attributed to social, economic and environmental factors such as the settings where we live, work and play. As rates of cancer and chronic disease continue to rise in Alberta, the workplace is an ideal setting to influence organizational and employee health while improving the employer's bottom line.

Good health is good for your business! There are 2.3 million people employed in Alberta's workforce. Investing in the health of Alberta's workforce can lead to healthier employees that:

  • Are more productive
  • Take less sick leave
  • Have improved morale

Good health can improve your bottom line! Workplace health promotion has positive effects on an organization's bottom-line and the Return on Investment (ROI). Organizations that invest in the health of their employees are known to have:

  • Reduced absenteeism
  • Improved productivity
  • Reduced short and long term disability costs
  • Reduced health benefit premiums

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 Help Pit Stop: Tools to Help

For more information on the benefits of investing in workplace health, download the Why Workplace Health quick resource.

For detailed information on ROI, download the Business Case for Workplace Health.


Occupational Health and Safety

Healthy Lifestyle Practices

Organizational Culture

Workplace Health Programs

Comprehensive workplace health promotion is an approach that protects and enhances the health of employees. This type of approach builds upon efforts of a workplace culture created by supportive management at all levels, along with collective employee efforts to care for their own well-being. There are three aspects to comprehensive workplace health promotion: occupational health and safety, healthy lifestyle practices and organizational culture.

Although the three aspects of comprehensive workplace health promotion (as listed above) are essential to promote health and prevent cancer and chronic disease, without a strong organizational culture and supportive environment for workplace health, success will be limited. To build organizational culture, research shows that the most effective programs use the following 5 pillars of success as their foundation:


Leadership Support

Integrated Approach & Program Design

Communication

Employee Engagement & Participation

Evaluation & Continuous Improvement

Leaders participate in health activities

Workplace health is integrated into business plan

Use different communication channels

Use different approaches to engage staff

Develop baseline measures

Allocate resources to workplace health programs

Conduct an Organizational Health Assessment

Offer a variety of educational materials

Conduct an employee interest survey

Data is used to revise current health environment

Allocate budget directly to workplace health activities

Conduct a Health Risk Appraisal

Promote health activities, available benefits and policies

Form a wellness committee

Track measures over short and long term

Develop healthy policies (i.e. healthy meeting guidelines)

Designate a staff FTE for workplace health

Tailor messaging to employees

Allow access to programs during work time

Calculate and track return on investment

Encourage staff participation in workplace health programs during work hours

Create a comprehensive workplace health action plan

Communication to all work sites

Implement Incentives for participating

Data is used to inform future health activities

Offer EFAP and health benefits

Management and supervisors are engaged

Mixed approach

Programming tailored to staff feedback

Share data and lessons learned with employees

Help Pit Stop: Tools to Help

For more information on the 5 pillars of success, download the Better Health Better Business: A Roadmap to Comprehensive Workplace Health Improvement