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Operating in a highly competitive business environment and with increasing pressure on the labour market, many employers in Europe are becoming aware that they need to implement measures to improve productivity and efficiency while at the same time enhancing the working environment and company culture. 

Workplace health promotion has been shown to play a major role in achieving these outcomes. The European Network for Workplace Health Promotion (ENWHP) promotes good practice in workplace health promotion and advocates the adoption of such practice in all European workplaces. 

On Sunday, 24 August 2014 the European Network for Workplace Health Promotion (ENWHP) hosted a side event at the XX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work 2014 "Global Forum for Prevention" in Frankfurt. The ENWHP side event consisted of an interactive workshop on job retention and return-to-work of employees with chronic illness. The workshop presented the results of the campaign "Promoting healthy work for people with chronic illness (PH Work)", which identified successful strategies, programmes and good practices on company level preventing employees of moving into disability or early retirement.

NEW - presentations of the workshop available now!

Prof. dr. Karl Kuhn (ENWHP co-chair) kicked off the workshop with a small introduction to PH Work. Rob Gründemann (ENWHP member) provided the audience with a state of the art on the national return-to-work policies in Europe. He was followed by Nettie Van der Auwera (ENWHP secretariat), who presented the tools developed under PH Work: a guide to good practice & recommendations on job retention and return-to-work. Isabelle Burens (ENWHP member) showcased three good practices in companies, and Prof. Stephen Bevan (the Work Foundation) discussed research on working with three specific chronic diseases: multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia and musculoskeletal disorders (Fit for Work). The workshop was concluded with half an hour of remarks and questions by the audience.  

Healthy workplaces manage stress!

On Monday, 7 April 2014, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) launched a two-year European campaign: "Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress (2014-2015)". The prevalence of work-related stress in Europe is startling. EU-OSHA's latest pan-European opinion poll revealed that 51 % of workers find work-related stress to be common in their workplace and 4 in 10 workers think that stress is not handled well in their organisation. However, together employers and workers can successfully manage and prevent work-related stress and psychosocial risks; the Healthy Workplaces Campaign aims to help companies do just that.

The European Network for Workplace Health Promotion (ENWHP) has joined the new EU-OSHA campaign as official campaign partner, because as a network we believe that the mental health and well-being of the employees is crucial to the success of an organisation. The 8th ENWHP initiative "Work. In tune with life. Move Europe" focused on mental health (promotion) at the workplace and developed tools for employers and employees.

Read more about "Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress" in the Campaign Guide and visit the Healthy Workplaces Campaign website to download all official campaign material or learn about campaign events happening across Europe.


The European Network for Workplace Health Promotion (ENWHP) and its initiatives are funded by the Health Programme of the European Union.