​Weaving Health, Safety, and Well-being into the Fabric of Your Organization

Tuesday April 9, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET


Work impacts the health, safety, and well-being of employees, and employee health and safety may impact their work. For instance, shift work is associated with increased cancer risk, injuries, and sleep deprivation. If shift workers are sleep deprived, it impacts their health, productivity and injury risks. Healthy and safe workplaces and workforces improve organizational performance. Organizations recognize this and want to address these factors.

The Harvard Chan School Center for Work, Health, and Well-being (CWHW) conducts research to implement effective strategies to improve employee and employer safety, health, and well-being. We have learned the best approach is to focus on working conditions. But strategies for how to do this are not abundant. CWHW recently published implementation guidelines to address this gap.

You will learn

  • How to use organizational policies and practices to improve employee and employer outcomes
  • How to weave an integrated approach focused on working conditions into organizational improvement processes
  • Where to find case examples and resources to implement integrated approaches to safety, health, and well-being

Take-home messages

  • Organizations may struggle to improve employee and employer outcomes unless they use an upstream systems approach to focus on improving the working conditions that influence safety, health, and well-being.
  • Working conditions are often at the root cause of poor health, safety, and well-being outcomes. Improving them optimizes employee and employer outcomes.
  • Best practice examples & resources exist that can help you improve outcomes.

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Deborah McLellan, PhD, MHS

Senior Scientist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Center for Work, Health, and Well-being
Dr. Barb Neis is John Paton Lewis Distinguished University Professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. Based in the Department of Sociology, she is also the Co-Director of the SafetyNet Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research. She was co-awarded the Vanier Institute of the Family Mirabelli-Glossop Award for distinguished contribution to the work of the Vanier Institute. She is a past president of the Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health, is currently Project Director on a 7-year project called On the Move: Employment-Related Geographical Mobility in the Canadian Context, and is co-chair of the Newfoundland node of a second project, the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy.

Partially funded by:

British Columbia
This program is pre-approved by the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRA Canada) for one hour training session.
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