Employers’ Views on the Promotion of Workplace Health and Wellbeing: A Qualitative Study

BMC Public Health 2015:15

RegNet Research Paper No. 2015/84

20 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2015  

Melanie Pescud

School of Regulation & Global Governance (RegNet)

Renee Teal

The University of Western Australia - Health Promotion Evaluation Unit

Trevor Shilton

National Heart Foundation WA

Terry Slevin

Cancer Council Western Australia

Melissa Ledger

Cancer Council Western Australia

Phillippa Waterworth

The University of Western Australia - Health Promotion Evaluation Unit

Michael Rosenberg

The University of Western Australia - Health Promotion Evaluation Unit

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

The evidence surrounding the value of workplace health promotion in positively influencing employees’ health and wellbeing via changes to their health behaviours is growing. The aim of this study was to explore employers’ views on the promotion of workplace health and wellbeing and the factors affecting these views.

Using a qualitative phenomenological approach, 10 focus groups were conducted with employers selected from a range of industries and geographical locations within Western Australia.

Three factors were identified: employers’ conceptualization of workplace health and wellbeing; employers’ descriptions of (un) healthy workers and perceptions surrounding the importance of healthy workers; and employers’ beliefs around the role the workplace should play in influencing health. Progress may be viable in promoting health and wellbeing if a multifaceted approach is employed taking into account the complex factors influencing employers’ views. This could include an education campaign providing information about what constitutes health and wellbeing beyond the scope of occupational health and safety paradigms along with information on the benefits of workplace health and wellbeing aligned with perceptions relating to healthy and unhealthy workers.

Keywords: Workplace health promotion, employers, focus groups, health and wellbeing

Suggested Citation

Pescud, Melanie and Teal, Renee and Shilton, Trevor and Slevin, Terry and Ledger, Melissa and Waterworth, Phillippa and Rosenberg, Michael, Employers’ Views on the Promotion of Workplace Health and Wellbeing: A Qualitative Study (2015). BMC Public Health 2015:15; RegNet Research Paper No. 2015/84. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2636697

Melanie Pescud (Contact Author)

School of Regulation & Global Governance (RegNet) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

Renee Teal

The University of Western Australia - Health Promotion Evaluation Unit ( email )

35 Stirling Highway
Crawley, WA Western Australia 6009
Australia

Trevor Shilton

National Heart Foundation WA ( email )

No Address Available

Terry Slevin

Cancer Council Western Australia

46 Ventnor Avenue
West Perth, 6005
Australia

Melissa Ledger

Cancer Council Western Australia ( email )

46 Ventnor Avenue
West Perth, 6005
Australia

Phillippa Waterworth

The University of Western Australia - Health Promotion Evaluation Unit ( email )

35 Stirling Highway
Crawley, WA Western Australia 6009
Australia

Michael Rosenberg

The University of Western Australia - Health Promotion Evaluation Unit ( email )

35 Stirling Highway
Crawley, WA Western Australia 6009
Australia

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