Healthy Workplace® Essentials….Educate, Engage, Empower, Evaluate

What is Healthy Workplace® Essentials?

Laying the groundwork for physical and mental health and safety at work

Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month® is a well-established resource for organizations to find ideas and solutions to support physically and psychologically healthy and safe workplaces.

A Better Place to Work

This year’s theme focuses on the foundational elements needed to create and sustain a Healthy workplace through a focus on those ‘essential’ policies, practices, and programs to hard-wire for success.

Educate, Engage, Empower, Evaluate help focus actions on different aspects of the essentials for workplace health. All of the suggested tools, activities and linked references can help the workplace become a center of wellness, making employees happier by being more resilient, engaged, and productive.

Excellence Canada’s Healthy Workplace® Essentials, is a set of 10 requirements that provide a straightforward solution to getting started in any size organization and lays the foundation for continual improvement. A comprehensive guide and supportive services have been developed to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month®, and will be provided at no charge to registrants on the CHWM Website.

For My Organization

Kimberly Clark Professional Canada, in partnership with Excellence Canada, champions the progressive multi-level Healthy Workplace® Standard as well as the shorter ‘quick start’ program, Healthy Workplace® Essentials.  Either one will help organizations implement strategic wellness initiatives and receive certification and national recognition for achieving their goals.

Healthy Workplace® Essentials reflects basic requirements in the more comprehensive and progressive Healthy Workplace® Standard. Should organizations decide to pursue a more comprehensive journey when they have completed Healthy Workplace® Essentials, they will be well-positioned to be certified in the wellness-focused Healthy Workplace® Standard and receive national recognition through Canada Awards for Excellence program, of which the Patron is His Excellency, the Right Honorable David Johnston, C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D., Governor General of Canada.

For organizations that want to focus on the psychological health of their workforce, Mental Health at Work® provides a detailed roadmap to guide organizations like yours toward meeting the requirements of the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace that was launched in January 2013 by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Your Next Steps to a Healthy Workplace®

How do you accomplish all this? We will help you get started with understanding your culture, the current health of your population, and where you want the organization to go. Then we will help you come up with a comprehensive strategic plan designed to resonate with your employees, engage your workforce, and achieve your desired results.
1.     Contact Excellence Canada to arrange for a meeting so we can determine your needs together
2.     Obtain a written proposal from Excellence Canada outlining an action plan and a budget
3.     Conduct a self-assessment to discover your organization’s strengths and opportunities
4.     Begin or continue your Journey to Excellence with confidence and determination


Karen Jackson, Senior Advisor, Healthy Workplace Strategies

Phone 416-251-7600 Ext 250

Excellence Canada154 University Avenue, Suite 402, Toronto, ON M5H 3Y9

Toll Free 1-800-263-9648
Fax 416-251-9131

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