Workplace health promotion and well-being

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Health promotion in the workplace complements occupational safety and health measures as part of the combined efforts of employers, workers and national authorities to improve the health and well-being of men and women at work. Health promotion and well-being at work programmes focus on the promotion of health among all workers and their families through preventive and assistance programmes in the areas of workplace stress, violence at work drug and alcohol abuse and the promotion of tobacco-free workplaces.

In all these areas, the ILO's comparative advantage lies in its experience of using the social dialogue approach, which resulted in the implementation of successful workplace and community initiatives, with the involvement of employers, workers, governments, public services and NGOs, addressing these problems. Time spent in developing partnerships to improve workplace health and well-being is an investment in the most important asset of any enterprise or organization, its workers. It is also an investment in the social context within which a company or organization operates, and therefore in its future and the future of the community and the country as a whole. Read more: Improving health in the workplace: ILO’s framework for action.

Key resources

  1. Violence and Harassment

    Safe and healthy working environments free from violence and harassment

    Workplace violence and harassment is a significant and ongoing threat to worker health and safety, as well as to organizational productivity and reputation.

  2. SOLVE training package

    Integrating health promotion into workplace OSH policies

    18 April 2012

    The material covers the management of health promotion at the workplace to deal with nine topics: stress and economic stress, violence, tobacco and smoke-free workplaces, alcohol and drugs, nutrition, physical activity, healthy sleep and HIV/AIDS. The package includes a participant's workbook, a trainer’s guide, lesson plans and a CD-ROM with presentations and background material.

  3. Training material

    Stress prevention at work checkpoints: Practical improvements for stress prevention in the workplace


    This manual aims at reviewing workplace stress issues. It includes easy-to-apply checkpoints for identifying stressors in working life and mitigating their harmful effects. It is hoped that workers and employers will be able to use the checkpoints to detect causes of stress at work and take effective measures to address them.

  4. A new digital tool for improving OSH in the workplace

    Stress Prevention Checkpoints App

    50 easy-to-implement checkpoints for identifying sources of stress in the workplace and mitigating their harmful effects. Users can explore illustrated descriptions of each checkpoint and create interactive checklists tailored to their workplace. Includes best practice recommendations for taking action and implementing effective improvements.