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Workplace Health

Welcome to the workplace section of the website. Here you will find information and resources about for employees and employers to make workplace wellness a priority all year.

Many of us spend a significant portion of our time at work. Poor working conditions, such as imbalance between work and life, job stress, long hours and busy schedules, can be harmful to our health. Similarly, our health can impact how we work. Research has shown that poor health and lifestyles can lead to increased stress, decreased morale and decreased effectiveness in the workplace. Taking some steps towards increasing our physical activity, eating healthy, getting more rest and spending quality time with family and friends can significantly increase our happiness and productivity at work.

There are a number of concrete ways that employers and employees can make their workplace and time at work healthier. Even small changes can make a big difference – things like offering healthy foods at meeting and events, or opportunities to be active throughout the day or learning to be mindful of your stresses at work. For more information, follow these links:

Healthy mee​tings and events 

Do your workplace meetings and special events support healthy choices? Find out how to develop your healthy meeting and event policy.

Individual health p​ractices 

Influence people’s lifestyle choices such as tobacco use, physical activity, immunization, and nutrition.

Occupational Health an​d Safety 

Reduce the risks from chemical and physical hazards in the workplace. For example, make sure that people have ergonomic computer workstations and all workers have the necessary safety equipment to do the job.

Organizational cha​nge

Improve the organizational climate, including things like leadership practices, management style, social support, and the way that work is organized.

Successful programs offer a combination of activities from all 3 areas of workplace health promotion: individual health practices, occupational health and safety, and organizational change. They also use several different strategies to do this - awareness building, education and skill building, environmental support, and policy development.

If you are interested in the supports or resources that we can offer your workplace, please feel free to contact​ us at any time.

Employment and Income Matter

Employment and income are critical determinants of health. The higher the income a person has, the lower the chances of disease and early death. Income and job security determine our social, economic and physical environments, as well as access to health care; and each of these greatly influences our health.  

People with lower income have:

  • Poorer mental and physical health;
  • Higher stress;
  • Less access to healthy food, affordable safe housing, health services and basic needs;
  • More disease and early death.

​In Northwestern Ontario,

  • 21% of people live in low-income households compared with 14% for all of Ontario;
  • 34% of children live in low-income households compared with 17% for all of Ontario.

Challenges faced in the workplace, including working conditions, can also negatively impact people’s lives and can lead to poor work outcomes. These outcomes may include unemployment, missed work days or absenteeism, and significant stress that can extend throughout adulthood. Those that already face more barriers to the labour market, including women, people with disabilities, newcomers and racial minorities, are often further disadvantaged by the impacts of poor work outcomes, and these impacts can be especially grave on the health and quality of their lives. 

Employment and income matter. To learn more visit​.

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Public Health Question
  • Q:
    I work late hours because of shift work. When is the best time for me to eat meals?
    ​Try to eat meals according to the time of day, not your shift. For example if you are working nights, eat your main meal before your shift begins. Try to aim for between 5 and 7pm. Have healthy snacks that include carbohydrate and protein during ...