Some studies indicate that offering HWS may result in various benefits for employers, including lower medical costs, reduced turnover and absenteeism, and higher employee productivity. Critics of these studies question the scientific validity of their findings, noting small sample sizes, lack of experimental control groups, and lack of standardized measures as primary concerns. Proponents, however, argue that the consistency of positive findings across studies in different service sectors denote at least some positive effect of programs, even if the most effective components of such programs have not been determined. HWS s may also provide other services to employers, such as supervisory consultations, support to troubled work teams, training and education programs, and critical incident services.
The provision of employee assistance services has established business benefits, including increased productivity of employees (termed "presenteeism") and decreased absenteeism.
Workplace health programs are a coordinated and comprehensive set of health promotion and protection strategies implemented at the worksite that includes programs, policies, benefits, environmental supports, and links to the surrounding community designed to encourage the health and safety of all employees.
A comprehensive approach puts policies and interventions in place that address multiple risk factors and health conditions concurrently and recognizes that the interventions and strategies chosen may influence multiple organization levels including individual employee behaviour change, organizational culture, and the worksite environment. It is important for the overall workplace health program to contain a combination of individual and organizational level strategies and interventions to influence health.
- Understand the importance of employee wellness on productivity
- Build the capacity of line manager to assist in employee wellness programs
- Monitor, measure and report on the effectiveness of the HWS programme
- Interpret the different acts and policies
- Identify health hazard zones and manage health and safety of the working environment
- Explain the communication processes in promoting occupational health and safety
- Demonstrate the planning and execution of a project designed to promote occupational health and safety