An essential first step to developing a healthy workplace is to gain support from leadership. Ensuring that leadership is committed to the workplace health process is important to allocate human and financial capital to the workplace health program.

Engage early with management to develop a rationale for why a comprehensive workplace health program is needed. To do this, you will need to have the following:

  • A rationale for the importance of a workplace health program
    • Tip: look for data on employee health profiles, absenteeism, short-term and long-term disability and health benefit claims
  • The benefits a workplace health program would have for your organization
  • The roles and responsibilities of the workplace health committee
  • Examples of what a workplace health program could look like

Help Pit Stop: Tools to Help

The Business Case for Workplace Health can be utilized to gain leadership support for workplace health initiatives. The Business Case for Workplace Health and Why Workplace Health quick resource outlines how workplace health programs can be applied to help employees maintain or improve their health while reducing costs for businesses

Download the Why Workplace Health quick resource

Download the Business Case for Workplace Health

Adapted from: Regional Public Health. 2012. A guide to Promoting health and Wellness in the Workplace