A Future-Fit Business safeguards the health of its employees by ensuring physically safe work environments, having zero tolerance for harassment and bullying, and by nurturing emotional and mental wellbeing.
What this goal means
Companies that do not adequately address workplace health issues may cause serious long-term negative health problems for their employees.
Note that “health” here extends beyond physical safety to mental and emotional wellness, and must encompass stress management and mitigation.
When it comes to physical safety, companies should take steps to minimize and mitigate the effects of accidents, and strive continuously to reduce work-related injuries, illnesses, and fatalities to zero.
To be Future-Fit a company must:
- Ensure the safety of all workers;
- Foster physical health (e.g. through proactive positions on exercise, nutrition and smoking); and
- Foster mental wellbeing (e.g. zero tolerance of bullying and harassment).
Why this goal is needed...
Regardless of a decades long focus on improved workplace safety, there is still much to be done to ensure workers are free from harm.
Globally, 2.78 million people die each year from a work-related accident or disease, and 374 million people suffer from a work-related accident or illness.
Safety issues have huge financial consequences.
The economic burden of poor occupational health and safety practices is estimated at 4% of global Gross Domestic Product each year.
Extending initiatives beyond traditional health and safety can reap financial benefits.
A report by the WHO found that for every $1 spent on treatments for common mental health disorders there was a return of $4 in improved employee health and productivity.