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Promoting Health and Well-being at Work

Policy and Practices

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Policies to promote employee health and well-being not only protect from occupational risks, but also provide benefits for individuals and employers. Unhealthy lifestyles, characterised by high levels of stress, sedentary behaviour and poor eating habits, affect the health of employees and negatively impact workplace productivity. Governments play a key role in promoting health and well-being in the workplace. This report analyses policy levers used by governments to incentivise employers to promote health and well-being at work in ten countries, including G7 countries and OECD countries in the Asia/Pacific region. These include regulation, financial incentives, guidelines, and certification and award schemes. The report also explores how governments can facilitate Environmental, Social and Governance investment to encourage health promotion at work.

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Executive summary

Policies to promote employee health and well-being not only protect from occupational risks, but also provide benefits for individuals and employers. While employment, safe working environment and work conditions are important determinants for employee health and well-being, lifestyle habits are also key contributors. Unhealthy lifestyles, such as sedentary behaviour, overweight, smoking, harmful alcohol use and stress, are major causes of chronic diseases and thus affect the health of employees and negatively impact workplace productivity. For instance, the productivity losses associated with obesity-related diseases are equivalent to 54 million fewer full-time workers across 52 OECD, European Union, Group of 20 countries, which is similar to the number of employed persons in Mexico.

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