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Workplace Health

Research has clearly shown that the workplace has a direct effect on the health of employees. A healthy workplace has a culture, climate and practices that supports both, employee health and safety, as well as organizational growth.

“The wealth of business depends on the health of workers” (Dr. Maria Neira, World Health Organization).
  • Guide to Planning Healthy MeetingsGuide to Planning Healthy Meetings
    Learn how to host meetings, conferences or events that foster a learning environment where participants stay alert, productive and engaged throughout the event. Download the guide.
  • Cover page of the Guide to Planning a Workplace Health Fair Guide to Planning a Workplace Health Fair
    Learn how to plan, implement and evaluate a successful health fair in your organization or community. Download our guide.

Did you know?

  • Canadians spend an average of 36.4 hours at work per week (HRSDC 2011)
  • Our working lives are an essential contributor to what keeps us healthy and what makes us sick (Wellesley Institute 2010)
  • The working environment and the nature of work itself are both important influences on health. (Marmot and Wilkinson 2006)

World Health Organization (WHO) Workplace Model

The WHO Healthy Workplace Model was chosen as the framework for use in the Health at Work4 All! program. The resources created can be used by any workplace of any size, anywhere and have been developed specifically to assist workplace personnel responsible for providing wellness information and resources in workplace settings.

  • Reduce absenteeism, insurance and benefit costs
  • Improve employee morale and job satisfaction
  • Increase employee productivity and organizational effectiveness
  • Improve employee recruitment and retention


  • World Health Organization (WHO) Healthy Workplace Model World Health Organization (WHO) Healthy Workplace Model (PDF 669KB)
    View, download and print the World Health Organization (WHO) Healthy Workplace Model. The WHO workplace model is a comprehensive framework for creating a healthy workplace program that can be used by any workplace, of any size.
Date of creation: January 8, 2013
Last modified on: May 10, 2022


1Block, S., (2010). Work and Health Exploring the impact of employment on health disparities. Wellesley Institute Advancing Urban Health. Retrieved from
2Indicators of Well-Being in Canada, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, Work – Overview. Highlights, (HRDC). Retrieved from
3Marmot, M., Wilkinson, R., (2006), Social Determinants of Health, (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press Oxford New York World Health Organization, Copenhagen.
4World Health Organization. Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data (2010). Healthy workplaces: a model for action: For employers, workers, policy-makers and practitioners. ISBN 978 92 4 159931 3 Switzerland.