The members of the European Network of Workplace Health Promotion (ENWHP) work together towards the vision `healthy employees in healthy organisations`. They are committed to the mission of developing and promoting good workplace health practice, which in turn contributes to a high level of health protection and sustainable economic and social development in Europe.
This vision is part of a broader vision at European policy level: The EU Lisbon Agenda identifies the goal for this decade to develop the EU region `to become the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion`. In this context workplace health promotion is part of the concept of quality in work with impacts on productivity, employment and social cohesion.
Healthy work impacts on 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 sector, competitiveness of businesses at company, national and European level). Healthy work finally also contributes to social cohesion.
Healthy work is organised through processes both inside and outside enterprises that are based on the general management cycle, and specifically include infrastructure building and marketing.
With its vision and mission, ENWHP contributes especially to the reduction of health inequalities, to the development of a European health information system and to improving important health determinants with impacts on all relevant settings in working and non-working life.
According to its general mission and vision statement ENWHP seeks to achieve two core goals:
1. All ENWHP member countries should have access to supportive WHP infrastructures at national level.
2. To significantly increase the number of European employees who work in enterprises and other organisations committed to practices and policies for promoting health.
In order to pursue these goals ENWHP developed a strategy based on a framework with three strands:
1) National Networks for WHP
This strand focuses on the development of supportive infrastructures for the dissemination and implementation of the knowledge-base by facilitating the establishment of national platforms for WHP open to all interested stakeholders. The platforms provide an access point for all interested stakeholders and offer the opportunity to exchange information and address the needs of companies on workplace health. In this way ENWHP contributes to reducing the gap between action at European and national level, improves the access to good practice knowledge across Europe and shift workplace health higher on the various political agendas.
Stakeholders can be both institutional (governmental bodies, institutes for social security, social partner organisations, etc) and non-institutional, encompassing a broad range of stakeholders at enterprise level (owner, management, employees, occupational physicians, HR managers, etc)
2) WHP tools for companies
This strand focuses on providing information and tools for companies. For instance the development of auto-evaluation tools for companies, providing advice and stimulate new initiatives at company level across Europe. This strand also comprises the collection of good practices that promote and improve workplace health. The good practices are brought together in a toolbox that contains programmes, projects and instruments across a wider range of workplace health issues and settings. It can be accessed as a database on the website of the network. ENWHP and the European Agency for Health and Safety at Work are currently discussing the possibility of disseminating/exploiting the good practices from ENWHP`s 5th Initiative (Healthy work in an ageing Europe).
3) WHP campaigns
This strand focuses on setting up campaigns to promote Workplace health by increasing the awareness of companies and the general public about the needs and benefits of workplace health promotion and by attracting companies to take part in the campaign and to convince them to set up WHP initiatives.
All three strands are continuously developed by the activities and initiatives of the ENWHP.
The proposed work programme supports the ENWHP objectives of increasing the number of employees working in enterprises committed to practices and policies for promoting health; and of providing the ENWHP members with information, tools and supportive infrastructure enabling them to further develop a national network for WHP.
In order to achieve these general objectives three types of activities are defined.
1) Network consolidation
- Enlarge the network, give more visibility and increase the support of the stakeholders.
- Bring the network members together to discuss past and future activities.
- Coordination of the work programme
- Financial administration and reporting
- Organisation and documentation of two network meetings
- Follow up of other EU initiatives on WHP
- Attend other EU initiatives on WHP
The approach of the secretariat will be based on a close collaboration with the NCOs as well as on a regular consultation of the NCOs about their needs. NCO`s are the National Contact Offices; they represent their country as a member in the network and co-ordinate the activities of the network at national level.
Furthermore, it will also include the monitoring of the activities of other organisations in order to create synergies and broaden the exchange of experience.
Network meetings will allow the secretariat to communicate about the activities towards network members and will give the possibility to exchange knowledge about European and national activities and initiatives.
2) Capacity building
- Encourage and support activities initiated by its members by increasing their visibility across Europe
- Consolidate the three task forces within the network: research, training and campaigning/networking.
- Stimulate the exchange of experience between the members and promote cross-national collaboration
- Information and scientific input to all events
- Propose activities of the three task forces
- Organisation and documentation of three round tables
- List the expectations and possible contributions of NCOs for 2013
- Keep track of the initiatives from NCOs
The three task forces allow the network and NCOs in particular to address specific topics such as campaigning/dissemination, research and education/training. These task forces provide the possibility to the network and especially the NCOs to develop more in-depth activities and exchange experiences on these topics in order to respond to specific needs. Each of the task forces is led by a NCO (task force leader).
The organisation of round table meetings in three member states will allow the NCO to build a national forum on WHP or strengthen an existing national network. By inviting experts to the round tables, ENWHP will make sure to stay informed about new insights and opportunities concerning WHP.
3) Communications and relations
- Support and coordinate the network activities and provide the communication means to ensure a strong adhesion of the members and recognition of external stakeholders.
- Continue the dissemination and promotion of the instruments and tools developed in past campaigns. Examples are the ENWHP quality criteria for WHP programmes, good practices, assessment tools.
- Develop the communication with the media at national and European level
- Presswork including articles and media monitoring
- Support to members and communication flow
- Website management and PR products development
- Newsletter ENWHP
- Facilitate the access to WHP evaluation tools on the website
- Dissemination of the image brochure of ENWHP in French and English
- Active dissemination of assessment tools and quality criteria
- Supporting a discussion or Q/A platform on the website
- Maintain a database of European media
- Provide members with guidance and material for their own communication plan.
By communicating on a regular basis with the ENWHP members as well as with the stakeholders, a continuous information flow can be ensured. Presswork and public relations activities are based on a communication strategy that takes into account the target groups and the information contents.
Stakeholders are the Bilbao agency, the Public Health Agency Network, the WHO Health Promoting Schools Network, the WHO Health Promoting Hospitals Network. Also links with other EU networks such as the European Association of National Productivity Centres (EANPC), the Partnership for European Research in OSH (PEROSH)are facilitated since Prevent has the secretariat of the 3 networks.