Develop your Program

Management commitment

As with any initiative at work, your health and wellbeing program cannot proceed without support from all levels of management. Your workplace health program has a greater chance of being adopted by employees when management leads by example. What you’re aiming for is more than mere endorsement—the more actively and visibly the management participate, the greater the success.

Make your case for a workplace health and wellbeing program

Often the best approach to securing management buy-in is by preparing a formal business case. A good one spells out the need for a workplace health and wellbeing program and describes potential benefits for employees and the business.

Start with a Workplace Health Scan

A Workplace Health Scan is a great tool to help assess your workplace and gather facts to support your business case. Start by looking at what’s already on offer—such as healthy food and drink options, shower facilities and lockers. Use the Workplace Health Scan to earmark areas for improvement.

Prepare formal business case

Use findings from the Workplace Health Scan to develop a formal business case that shows how a workplace health and wellbeing program can:

  • improve productivity
  • reduce sick leave, workplace injuries and compensation costs
  • improve employee relations
  • enhance corporate image
  • improve morale and motivation.

Ideally, the proposal could cover the following areas:

  • benefits of a health and wellbeing program
  • activities and facilities you already have that promote health and wellbeing
  • activities or facilities you could provide
  • ideas to get a health and wellbeing program started quickly and easily
  • budget, resources and timeframe estimates.

Refer to the below document to learn all about preparing a business case. We also have an editable business case template for you to use.

Establish a formal workplace health and wellbeing policy

A workplace health and wellbeing policy is often a great way to formalise management commitment to the program. It can be a short statement or a lengthy document depending on the size of your organisation. The policy further doubles up as a shared vision enabling employees to get behind the initiative. A typical workplace statement/policy could include:

  • a statement of your workplace’s commitment to workplace health and wellbeing
  • program goals and objectives
  • responsibilities of key groups or individuals
  • links to other documents such as health and safety policies
  • the policy review date
  • senior management endorsement.

You can adapt the below template to set up your workplace health and wellbeing statement or policy. Once ready, your health and wellbeing policy can become an important driver of your workplace culture, so remember to display it around the workplace and include it as part of your employee induction and workplace health and safety programs.

Here’s a handy checklist for the entire 5-steps to workplace health and wellbeing.

Getting started

Find out more about getting started.

Checklist

  • Does senior management support the workplace health and wellbeing program?
  • Have you developed a workplace health and wellbeing statement or policy, displayed it in the workplace and provided a copy to your employees?
  • Is your health and wellbeing program part of your employee induction?
Please note: this initiative was previously known as Workplaces for Wellness. For a short period, many resources will still refer to Workplaces for Wellness.