What is a Healthy Work Place?
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Why bother with healthy workplaces at all? While it may be obvious self-interest for workers and their representatives to want a healthy workplace, why should employers care? There are several answers to that.
A. It is the right thing to do: Business Ethics
B. It is the smart thing to do: The Business Case
C. It is the law: In some cases it is applicable in India
There is widespread agreement among global agencies, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) that the health, safety and well-being of workers, is of paramount importance. It is important not only to individual workers and their families, but also to the productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of enterprises/ organisations, and thus to the national economy of countries and ultimately to the global economy.
The WHO Definition of a Healthy Workplace Three things are clear-
1. Employee health is now generally assumed to incorporate the WHO definition of health ( physical, mental and social) and to be far more than merely the absence of physical disease
2. A healthy workplace in the broadest sense is also a healthy organisation from the point of view of how it functions and achieves its goals. Employee health and corporate health are inextricably intertwined.
3. A healthy workplace must include health protection and health promotion.
“Employers are recognizing the competitive advantage that a healthy workplace can provide to them. They feel that a healthy and safe workplace is just a necessary cost of doing business.”