Ideas You Can Implement Right Now to Integrate Health Protection and Health Promotion
- Dedicate a portion of time at meetings for updates from other departments
- Share experiences regularly and have routine two-way communications
- Hold joint meetings between health protection and health promotion
- As you make more progress, invite other departments, e.g., disability management, human resource benefits, workers compensation, etc.
- Discuss plans for the future so that health protection and health promotion leaders coordinate strategies
- Address the shared goal of improving worker safety, health, and well-being by developing shared activities and objectives
- Encourage cross marketing, e.g., a health promotion initiative to reduce stress could be timed to coincide with presentations on work scheduling and job control
- Ask employees what factors are getting in the way of their safety, health, work-life balance, or productivity
- What connections do employees see among the challenges they’ve identified?
Employees can be the eyes and ears for safety, health, and well-being
- How can employees help develop or suggest low-cost, feasible solutions to their concerns?
- Do employees feel their privacy is fully protected?
- Sponsor brief lunch-and-learns
- Share introductory materials on occupational safety and health with wellness staff and vice versa
- Ask each group to cross-train others on foundational principles specific to their field
- Invite staff to share their expertise to address shared goals
- Invite health protection staff to review health risk assessment (HRA) survey instruments to help make the connection between occupational risks and personal risk factors. Invite health education staff for an occupational risk assessment walk-through to see how improving health risks can reduce occupational risks
- Incorporate new information into trainings
- For example, a stress management workshop could include information on how organizational policies can reduce workplace stressors in addition to education on building employee resiliency
- Consider sharing physical resources and space: anything from adjoining cubicles, to a break room, to an office, to the floor of a building
- Encourage communication and informal collaboration among staff of health protection, health promotion, and others
- Give workers more flexibility and control over their working conditions and schedules whenever possible
- Ask employees how their working conditions and schedules can better support their safety, health, and well-being
- Ensure that your built environment, policies, and work schedules enhance safety, health, and well-being
- Make sure workspaces and job tasks are safe and healthy
- Provide paid time and free onsite access to healthier food, physical activity, health screenings, stress reduction resources, and health education
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