Healthy Employees in Healthy Organisations

"We are a network of organisations and individuals committed to developing and promoting good workplace health practice, which in turn contributes to sustainable economic and social development in Europe."

This vision is based on a broad and comprehensive perspective on health and includes a number of convictions, values and judgements which ENWHP members share:

Healthy work is the result of interplay of various factors. The most important workplace health determinants include:

The values and policies of decision-makers inside workplaces and outside organisations involved in social security and policy-making
The form of the culture of participation inside and outside workplace.
Leadership and management practices
The production concept and principles for daily work organisation
The provisions for job security
The quality of the working environment
Personal health practices & lifestyle habits

Healthy work is a social process and is the result of action of stakeholders inside and outside workplaces.

Healthy work is developed and influenced at various levels which are not independent of each other:

Personal level
Workplace level
Local - regional level
National level (social security provisions, national health policy, labour and social affairs policy)
European policy level

Healthy work impacts on both the quality of working life and non-working life, and contributes to the level of health protection of communities and populations. It also impacts on microeconomic performance (productivity and innovation) and macroeconomic performance (efficiency of the health care, welfare and education sectors, competitiveness of businesses at company, national and European level).

Healthy work contributes to social cohesion.

Healthy work is organised through processes both inside and outside workplaces which are situated within the general management cycle, and specifically include infrastructure building and marketing.

Healthy organisations combine:

Individual and organisation health;
Physical, mental, environmental, social and economic health at all levels.