Here are the 10 requirements that make up the Healthy Workplace® Essentials program, leading to a certificate from Excellence Canada upon successful implementation.
See how well you think your own organization is doing by rating it against each requirement with a score from 1 to 7, where a 1 is “Strongly Disagree” to a 7 being “Strongly Agree”.
1. There is a Vision, Mission, or Values statement that acknowledges the well-being of employees and this has been communicated to all stakeholders. *This question is required.
2. A health and safety policy (or separate policies) has been developed with input from employees and includes reference to the reinforcement and promotion of both physical and psychological health and safety, as well as spiritual and social well-being in the workplace. *This question is required.
3. Education about healthy lifestyle practices is made available, and is accessible and ongoing (i.e., personal hygiene, infection control, healthy lifestyle programs, mental health programs, nutritional health, safety, etc.). *This question is required.
4. Healthy workplace planning, programs, and services reflect the personal health and wellness needs, concerns and interests of all employees, including employees on disability leave. *This question is required.
5. Key health and wellness priorities with measurable indicators and goals have been developed and are aligned to the strategic business plan and Human Resource plan. *This question is required.
6. The organization plans and carries out communication strategies to improve awareness and to promote physical and psychological health and well-being. *This question is required.
7. Employees are empowered to provide input on work-related matters such as supervision, productivity goals, work schedules, equipment, training, and safety and cleanliness of their work environment. *This question is required.
8. The workplace environment is supportive and employees can participate in health and wellness programs and seek assistance whenever they are having health or safety-related problems at work. *This question is required.
9. A method to review and ensure compliance with occupational health and safety legislation and relevant employment rights and responsibilities legislation is in place. *This question is required.
10. Work issues and processes are regularly assessed for their impact on employee health and, where needed, improvements are discussed and implemented. *This question is required.