Workplace Health Promotion – Main pillars

Resources-oriented ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY to be combined with other management strategies, like inter alia QUALITY MANAGEMENT and ENVIRONMENT MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES

* TAILOR-MADE, COMPANY SPECIFIC process framework developed in coordination and accordance with the EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP and the HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT in a company

* EVIDENCE BASED STUDIES confirm the SUCCESS of Work Health Place Promotion processes in Austria. Accordingly the IHS Vienna (Institute of Advanced Studies, Vienna)[1] found:  ○ 1 Euro invested in Work Health Promotion saves companies 2,5 Eurosafter the implementation of a Work Health Place Promotion program the number of sick leave days are reduced;  ○ reduction of costs due to sicknesses by 25%; ○ the HIS estimates that without work health promotion programs Austria’s economy loses per year  300 Mio. to 1 Billion Euros 

*SALUTOGENESE as the GUIDELINE for Work Health Place Promotion based on the ideas of Aaron Antonovsky: focusing on the origin and conservation of HEALTH versus PATHOGENESE focusing on the emergence and development of SICKNESS

*MULTI-LEVEL approach: ○ ORGANISATIONAL & QUALITY MANAGEMENT CONCEPT built within the human resources structure of a company; each “Workplace Health Promotion Program” is adapted to a company’s potentials & challenges, based on an ASSESSMENT of the STATUS QUO and developed in close coordination with the human resources department of a company; ○ measures can also be conducted in cooperation with external professionals (inter alia MDs, nutritionists, work psychologists and other related experts). ○ “HEALTHY LEADERSHIP” promotion;   work health promotion activities designed for SAFETY RELATED & PREVENTIVE HEALTH MEASURES implemented with all employees; sustainable implementation of a long-term “HEALTH SAFETY” and “HEALTH SECURITY” network with EXTERNAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS “BEST PRACTICE” approach based on NATIONAL ↔ INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS; CONFORMITY with the LAW.

[1] Helmenstein, Hofmarcher, Kleissner. Riedel, Röhrling, Schnabl (2004): Ökonomischer Nutzen Betrieblicher Gesundheitsförderung, Endbericht Research Resport.  IHS-Studie.