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Worker well-being in five easy steps

A blend of safety, health, and well-being at home and at work is a powerful injury prevention strategy. An integrated approach includes workplace protections and health supports resulting in improved well-being.

Worker well-being: 5 easy steps is a process that can help identify the root causes of workplace well-being issues, and engage your workers in designing solutions and taking action. The process weaves together safety, health, and well-being through organizational, environmental, and individual perspectives resulting in an integrated set of solutions.

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Explore and ask questions

Focus your priorities and engage workers in your process by asking them questions. Start with these:

  • What are you focusing on right now regarding safety and health?
  • What do your employees say is their biggest work concern?
  • Are you looking for help to manage fatigue, stress, and other safety and health issues?

This video briefly explores the process.

Step 1: Identify

Building a strong team with clear direction and leadership support to positively impact workplace well-being.

Step 2: Engage

Engaging your workforce and provide opportunities to share experiences, perspectives, and ideas for improvement of their working conditions.

Step 3: Design

What are you going to do, how will you do it, and what will success look like? 

Step 4: Action

Do the things you've planned. What has worked well in the past? What are possible barriers that have not been addressed? Start small, stay focused, and make sure to track your progress.

Step 5: Review

Review your work and the lessons you've learned so you can continue to improve.

Materials developed in collaboration with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Center for Work, Health, & Well-being and are based on Guidelines for Implementing an Integrated Approach.  

Total Worker Health® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Participation by SAIF does not imply endorsement by HHS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.