Queensland businesses urged to promote a healthy workplace

Tuesday 27 August, 2013

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) is urging businesses to join a Queensland Government program to make their workplaces healthier.

CCIQ CEO Stephen Tait said Workplaces for Wellness offered valuable resources to employers to improve the health and wellbeing of their staff by implementing a workplace wellness program.

”The benefits of a healthy workplace speak for themselves: it improves staff retention, decreases the number of sick days and improves productivity,” Mr Tait said.

“That’s good for your bottom line.

“Businesses are encouraged to visit the Workplaces for Wellness website to join up as workplace members and explore the resources available to promote a healthy workplace.”

Mr Tait said by creating a healthy workplace, employers made it easier for people to adopt healthier habits and pass them on to their families at home.

“As part of our recent office refurbishment, we built showers and change room facilities to support staff so they could cycle, run to work or exercise during their lunch,” he said.

“We also have a policy to encourage all staff to take time out from eating lunch at their desks and have time away from emails, which is something we are all guilty of.

“By making changes, you support workers to improve their health, and as an organisation, we will continue to explore ways to promote health and wellbeing among our staff.”

The added bonus is that businesses that demonstrate a successful best practice wellness program receive recognition at bronze, silver or gold level.

Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said support from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland was priceless.

‘‘The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland are generating enthusiasm from businesses in Queensland about the Workplaces for Wellness program.

‘‘Employers hold a very valuable position when it comes to supporting and encouraging their staff to lead healthier lifestyles.’’

Dr Young said the workplace was an ideal environment to improve individual health and reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and cancers.

‘‘The increasing number of Queenslanders developing a chronic disease is alarming and many of these diseases can be prevented as they are lifestyle related,’’ she said.

‘‘By engaging in disease prevention, more Queenslanders can live longer, healthier and more independent lives.

‘‘We all have a role to play when it comes to improving the health of Queenslanders which is why I applaud the CCIQ for their support of Workplaces for Wellness.’’

For more information, visit www.workplacesforwellness.qld.gov.au.



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