Determinants of health and well-being promotion through work
Governments have a range of policy levers they can use to support employers in promoting health and well-being in the workplace, as identified in an analysis of ten countries, including G7 countries and OECD countries in the Asia/Pacific region. These include:
- Workplace regulations, covering areas such as working hours and smoking in the workplace
- Financial incentives such as accident insurance premium variation, tax credits and subsidies
- Dissemination of information and guidance developed together with other stakeholders
- Certification and award schemes, such as Japan’s Health & Productivity Management Programme, providing reputational benefits and placing the spotlight on employers implementing best practices. Measures targeted at supporting small and medium-sized enterprises are particularly important as they employ a large proportion of workers in OECD countries
In addition to policy makers, stakeholders involved in health promotion at work include occupational health professionals, insurance institutions, employers, employees, trade unions and social partners.
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