Introduction to the  Healthy Workplace Criteria - Online Learning

Introduction to the Healthy Workplace Criteria - Online Learning


The Canadian Healthy Workplace Criteria, a set of building blocks for organizations to follow in developing a healthy physical and social work environment, provide an excellent framework for changing business practices to allow for greater organizational effectiveness. This criteria can be used to develop a comprehensive workplace wellness strategy, whether the organization is just embarking on this path, or wanting to evaluate current effectiveness. Framework for the Development of a Healthy Workplace is a series of six online modules based on the Canadian Healthy Workplace Criteria. This series will lead you through the criteria, including each of the key elements of a healthy workplace – leadership, planning, people focus, process management and outcomes. The format will allow you to work through exercises related to each of these elements.

MODULE 1: Introduction

Develop a comprehensive workplace wellness strategy

Module Outline

Successful organizations realize that managing health within the workplace is an important management function, and that the results of these efforts have a direct impact on competitiveness and the bottom line. Framework for the Development of a Healthy Workplace is a series of six online modules based on the Canadian Healthy Workplace Criteria. The comprehensive guidelines in this series form the building blocks for the creation of a healthy workplace. In this introductory module we will review the Canadian Healthy Workplace Criteria and discuss the strategic approach to attaining organizational health. This overview will give you the background information you need for the remaining five modules in the series.

MODULE 2: Leadership

Determine priorities in workplace health issues, and link them to the strategic direction of your organization.

Module Outline

This section of the criteria looks at the commitment of management in having a healthy workplace, improving leadership abilities, sharing responsibility and accountability for healthy workplace issues throughout the organization, and consideration of employee health in decision making. In this module we will look at: Essential elements of positive leadership,:: Strategic direction for a healthy workplace, and ::Leadership involvement in reinforcing a healthy workplace

Learning Objectives

On completion of this 1 hour module you should be able to:

  • Create a healthy workplace vision.
  • Assess a mission statement for the values it reflects and know the steps to developing a statement that reflects the organization’s commitment to employee well-being.
  • Understand the steps to development of a health workplace policy.
  • Know how to determine priorities in workplace health issues, and link them to the strategic direction of the organization.
  • Understand what management commitment looks like.

MODULE 3: Planning

Set long term objectives for workplace health in your organization.

Module Outline

This section examines the planning process in place for the development of an overall Healthy Workplace Plan for the organization, and the specific healthy workplace programs recommended by the plan. Programs, which can cover a wide variety of issues, often impact each other. For example, a nutrition program needs components such as healthy eating, enjoyable physical activity and positive body image. One component alone is not usually sufficient for a successful program. In the same way, the three key elements of a healthy workplace - namely the Physical Environment, Health Practices, and Social Environment and Personal Resources - build on one another to meet the needs of the employee. In this module, we will look at:
Needs assessment and analysis::Healthy workplace plan, and::Program design

Learning Objectives

On completion of this 1 hour module you should be able to:

  • Understand how to evaluate the state of employee wellness in their organization.
  • Be aware of the important components to include in a needs assessment.
  • Know the steps to developing a Healthy Workplace Plan.
  • Be able to set long term objectives for workplace health in your organization.

MODULE 4: People Focus

Create an environment where people want to come to work each day, and really bring their whole being to work.

Module Outline

Encouraging and sustaining a healthy workplace requires the involvement of people. People focus is about treating people with respect, building trust, and gaining from their contributions to the healthy workplace environment. An environment of fairness, trust and purpose, or lack there of, modify the effects on employee health of the main stresses in the workplace - high demand, low control, high effort and low reward. This module is about creating an environment where people want to come to work each day, and really bring their whole being to work.

Learning Objectives

On completion of this 1 hour module you should be able to:

  • Understand how organizations can foster and support an environment that encourages people to get involved in healthy activities.
  • Be aware of the issues of control, flexibility, recognition and input into decision-making and how these can be fostered in the workplace.

MODULE 5: Process Management

Assess work processes to promote employee health and prevent illness.

Module Outline

This section examines processes that have a direct influence on sustaining and improving a healthy workplace. Changes in a person's well-being are due to a complex interaction of biological, psychological, behavioural and social factors. There are many key processes that are critical in sustaining employee well-being across the organization, and which focus on skill development and behaviour change. Supportive environments can help to maintain and improve this focus. We will consider process management in two ways, by looking at how processes:
Promote health among people::Prevent damage to people

Learning Objectives

On completion of this 1 hour module you should be able to:

  • Understand what is included in assessing work processes for their effect on employee health.
  • Be aware of how work processes can be changed to promote health and prevent illness.

MODULE 6: Outcomes

Examine methods of evaluation and barriers to good evaluation.

Module Outline

This section examines the results and achievements from the development of a healthy workplace. The aim is to encourage and help all employees with their health and safety, and sustain a culture that allows people to make a positive contribution to the organization within a safe, healthy and supportive environment. We will look at methods of evaluation and barriers to good evaluation.

Learning Objectives

On completion of this 1 hour module you should be able to:

  • Know how to assess data associated with a healthy workplace.
  • Have an understanding of different methods of tracking and analyzing data.
  • Have an understanding of how to use this data in strategic plans and future program planning.
  • Understand how to assess return on investment and cost-effectiveness of workplace wellness