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WorkHealth: promoting healthy workplaces. Pam Anders Director, WorkHealth program 10 October, 2012. WorkSafe Victoria. Today. Not such a healthy outlook? Why should businesses care? What do workers think? A Victorian perspective on workplace health

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Workhealth promoting healthy workplaces

WorkHealth: promoting healthy workplaces

Pam Anders

Director, WorkHealth program

10 October, 2012


Worksafe victoria

WorkSafe Victoria


Today

Today

  • Not such a healthy outlook?

  • Why should businesses care?

  • What do workers think?

  • A Victorian perspective on workplace health

  • Leading employer: Glen Eira City Council


Workhealth promoting healthy workplaces

An unhealthy outlook


Chronic disease a substantial burden for employers

Chronic disease a substantial burden for employers


1 3 attributed to modifiable risk factors

1/3 attributed to modifiable risk factors


Workhealth promoting healthy workplaces

What this means for business

$7bn

$34.1bn

People with

chronic disease

are 60% less

likely to work

Healthy

workers

are at lower

risk of injury

Cost of absenteeism

Cost of presenteeism


Why the workplace

Why the workplace?

We are more sedentary

1/3

Peer support and leadership within the workplace is ideal for behaviour change

We spend a third of our day at work

We think we aretoo busyto look after our health


Smart employers are taking action

Smart employers are taking action

Less sick leaveand staff turnover, and moreproductivity

72%

53%

Of workers participating in health and wellbeing programs believe their productivity improved

of employers offer workplace health and wellbeing activities

are three of the greatest benefits from health and wellbeing programs in the workplace


What workers think matters

60%

89%

of workers think that the workplace is a reasonable setting to promote positive health and wellbeing messages

consider attitudes towards health when seeking a new employer

What workers think matters

87%

believe that the employer should do something about promoting good health in the workplace


Workhealth promoting healthy workplaces

Targets the connection between modifiablelifestyle risk factors, workplace injury and chronic disease across an entire workforce

Long term goalsinclude:

reducing workplace injury,disease and absenteeism

reducing impactof chronic disease (type 2 diabetes and heart disease)

Increase workplace productivity

WorkHealth: what we’re working towards


The workhealth model

The WorkHealth model

WORKPLACE ENVIRONMENT

WORKERS

EMPLOYERS

  • Workplace programs

  • guidance, tools and resources

  • support for workplace champions

  • Health promotion grants

  • funding to support health & wellbeing activities

  • WorkHealth checks

  • free, 15 minute test for T2D, CVD risks

  • health information and advice

  • WorkHealth Coach

  • follow-up referral for at-risk workers

  • access to free lifestyle programs

  • Evaluation

  • Research & knowledge

  • Marketing & communications


About workhealth

About WorkHealth

Educate workers

Empower employers

Delivered over 607k WorkHealth checks to Victorian workers

Engaged with over 34k workplaces to deliver WorkHealth programs

Provided over $2.4m in grants to fund workplace health promotion activities

Helped over 25,000 at-risk workers take action to reduce risk factors for type 2 diabetes and heart disease


Workhealth promoting healthy workplaces

WorkHealth

checks

WorkHealth

Coach

Grants

Info and

resources


Type 2 diabetes and cvd risk

Type 2 diabetes and CVD risk


Lifestyle risks

Lifestyle risks


Biomedical risks

Biomedical risks


Other findings

Other findings

Whilelifestyle habits improve with age, cholesterol, blood pressure and blood glucose get worse.

More younger workers rate their health as ‘poor’.

Health risks among blue collar workers are more prevalentthan white collar.

1% of workers are referred to their GPurgently within 24 hours. Over half were told to see their GP within one month.


Individual workers are getting a kick start

Individual workers are getting a kick-start

26% would

like to

cut down

on alcohol

65% intend

to increase

exercise

63% want to

eat better

and drink

more water

67% intend

to eat

more fruit

and veg

13% would

like to

quit

50% would

like to

lose

weight


Employers are seeing some good signs

Employers are seeing some good signs

Post-

WorkHealth

checks, employers

are reporting

some positive

change in…

Higher staff

productivity

Higher staff

retention

Higher staff

morale

Fewer

sick days

Happier staff


Workhealth promoting healthy workplaces

WorkHealth

checks

WorkHealth

Coach

Grants

Info and

resources


Workhealth coach can deliver real results

WorkHealth Coach can deliver real results

  • Top 5 goals

    • Increase my exercise level (30%)

    • To make better food choices (24%)

    • Reduce my weight (20%)

    • Reduce my waist circumference (10%)

    • Better manage my stress (7%)

  • Goal attainment (@ end of program)

    • Increase my exercise level (67%)

    • To make better food choices (96%)

    • Reduce my weight (30%)

    • Reduce my waist circumference (53%)

    • Better manage my stress (76%)


Workhealth promoting healthy workplaces

WorkHealth

checks

WorkHealth

Coach

Grants

Info and

resources


Physical activity and healthy eating are top priorities

Physical activity and healthy eating are top priorities

Most popular menu choices:

  • Physical activity (38%)

  • Healthy eating (25%)

  • Mental wellbeing (16%)

  • Other (12%)

  • Quit smoking (4%)

  • Alcohol consumption (4%)


Glen eira council bee healthy

Glen Eira Council – Bee Healthy!

  • “Bee” mascot represents values of program

  • Driven by health and wellbeing committee

  • Wide range of activities

  • Accessible, inclusive, fun

  • Range of communication

  • Management lead by example

  • High levels of participation


Critical to success

Critical to success

  • Strong management “walk the talk”

  • Program should be led by a diverse employee committee

  • Local ‘champions’ to generate momentum

  • A mix of interventions is what works best

  • Try group challenges – ‘healthy competition’ and peer support

  • Activities don’t need to cost a fortune – many activities, i.e. walking, are free!

  • Start with health risk assessments (e.g. WorkHealth checks) to raise awareness


Attitudes are changing

Attitudes are changing


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