Implementing Wellness Initiatives in the Workplace

Wellness in the workplace is of paramount importance to employer, employees, families of the employed and society as a whole.

While companies are increasingly having to address the physical aspects of occupational health and safety as a statutory requirement, the broader aspects of employee wellness continues to impact on their productivity and return on investment. A healthy workplace therefore makes business and humanitarian sense.

Effectiveness in addressing workplace wellness is just as essential as any other workplace processes. However, many leaders in the workplace are not mindful of the direction, scope, and inputs their organisation can and should pursue to achieve optimum outcomes and amazing benefits in this regard.

While subscribing to wellness day events that is gaining traction in the marketplace, particularly driven by medical aids, managers must have their own framework for wellness that is aligned to international best practice and customised to the respective needs of their organisation.

As the conduct of wellness days become more prevalent in organisations, the question arises, are we truly addressing the wellness of employees as can possibly be done in the workplace?

Does this one-day event address our respective challenges? Who is driving our wellness day.. is it the Medical Aid, statutory compliance or is it the collective spirit informed by the organisational values and goals? Who owns the wellness initiative in my organisation?

What is the wellness framework that underpins what we do? Is this framework aligned with the aspirations of all employees?

How do we know whether we are making impact? What are the opportunities for building leadership and creating a happy work climate and supportive culture that workplace wellness programme can provide?

The workshop on creating a healthy workplace explores the concept of wellness and causes of ill-being from an employee-centric perspective and will engage participants to relate the international framework of best practice formulated by WHO to their organisation.

This framework draws from international best practice and show the way for organisations to take control. Opportunities for developing leadership and employee participation in creating and taking responsibility for individual and collective wellness emerges.

Who should attend:

  • HR Managers
  • HR Officers
  • EAP Practitioners
  • Occupational Health and Safety practitioners
  • Team Leaders
  • Department Heads
  • Directors
  • Decision makers
  • Health Promoters

What you will learn: 

  • International definition of health in the workplace that informs best practise
  • The difference between a wellness day event and a wellness programme
  • The opportunities for developing leadership in the organisation
  • Benefits to development of organisational culture
  • When is wellness programme not appropriate.
  • Factors to consider for setting up a wellness programme
  • Factors to consider for evaluation
  • Based on the Global Framework for Healthy Workplaces, launched in 2010


  • Participants will have a holistic framework for review, and development of their workplace wellness initiatives.
  • Be better able to assess current status of wellness initiatives and identify gaps
  • Be better able to frame their wellness challenges and identify relevant inputs to their local wellness initiatives
  • Be better able to integrate wellness into their organisational values
  • Be better able to explore wellness initiatives as a platform staff participation and leadership development in the organisation.
  • Be better able to explore wellness initiatives as a platform for team building and creating a supportive culture in the workplace.

Date: 24 July

Time: 10h00 – 12h00

Venue: Regenesys Business School