To drive the development and sustainability of a workplace health program, a workplace health committee or group should be formed. Most likely this will initially be championed by one or two individuals, but it is important to develop a team approach to improve the success and sustainability of the committee. The team will be responsible for taking the recommendations generated from the Workplace Health Assessment in Step 2 and determining what activities should happen.
Workplace Health Committees work best when employees are involved from the start – leading to a sense of ownership. When putting your team together, do your best to get representation from all levels, ages and cultures. Think about involving representatives from:
- Human resources
- Can help with workplace policy
- Occupational Health and Safety
- Can help move activities forward
- Senior management
- Can help align activities with organizational policy and improve support
- Trade unions
- Can ensure representation of members
- Social or other health related groups in your workplace
- Can help to combine efforts for a larger impact
Revisit your workplace health committee membership annually to gain new champions and to ensure you have representation from different departments across your organization.
Building partnerships at the local level is also advantageous to pool resources to implement the workplace health program. Local supports can provide assistance for workplace health action planning and to implement workplace health program actions. Partnerships may include: community health centers and non-profit organizations.