Promoting Health and Well-being at Work

Policy and Practices

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.

Published on November 22, 2022

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Abbreviations and acronyms
Executive summary
Promoting health, healthy lifestyles, and well-being at work
Health and well-being of the workforce
Workplace‑based programmes to promote health and well-being
Government policies to promote health and well-being at work: An analysis of ten OECD countries
Special focus on steering investment in companies that promote employee health and well‑being
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