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Australians spend about one third of their lives at work, so being healthy at work can make a big impact on helping to reduce the prevalence of lifestyle-related chronic disease such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

No matter how big or small your workplace, Get Healthy at Work can help address individual, behavioural and workplace factors leading to poor health. It can also help in reducing tobacco and alcohol use or increasing physical activity and healthy eating.

A healthy worker is good for business

In the short-term, you'll be able to recognise a successful workplace health program by the way your team:

  • Works together
  • Engages in their jobs
  • Enjoys their work

In the long-term, a successful workplace health program may influence the performance of your workplace through:

  • Gains in staff attraction and retention
  • Improved productivity
  • Enhanced corporate image
  • Reductions in absenteeism

A healthy worker is a safe worker

If safety is a concern at your workplace, there's even more reason to invest in health. While the focus has traditionally been on 'workplace health and safety', there is growing recognition that healthy workers are safe workers.

Healthy workers are:

  • Fitter
  • More aware and alert
  • More resilient against illness

Need to build a business case for workplace health?

Did you know that for every dollar spent on workplace health and wellbeing programs, there is an estimated return on investment of between three and six dollars1. Or that healthy workers are three times more productive than their unhealthy colleagues2

Email us to request our Building a Business Case Guide including some of the latest Australian research and statistics on workplace health.

When building a business case for your workplace health program, we recommend that you include any relevant facts and figures that are specifically about the health and wellbeing of your workers or the working environment. You can source this information from:

  • workplace profiles
  • pulse check surveys
  • health and wellbeing surveys and audits (we have a template that might help)
  • work, health and safety records

Our Workplace Summary Report that collates anonymous data when 50 or more health checks are completed at a single site might also help. You'll be able to identify the biggest health issues facing your workers and prioritise one or more for your action plan.

1 Bellew, B. 2008. Primary prevention of chronic disease in Australia through interventions in the workplace setting
2 Medibank Private, 2005. The health of Australia's workforce