Health in the Workplace

Thinking about healthy living in different settings, our workplaces can have a huge impact on our health.

The workplace is where many people spend the largest proportion of their time and therefore can play a key role in contributing to health and wellbeing.

Many employers know the importance of having healthy employees as this can improve productivity. The Office for National Statistics estimated that 131 million working days were lost due to sickness absences in the UK in 2013/14.

NHS Scotland offers these tips on how to boost your health at work.


  • What can be done to improve our health and wellbeing through work?
  • What changes can we make in Scotland to ensure our future workplaces are healthy workplaces?


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The Scottish Government is inviting you to have your say on what a healthier Scotland should look like in the next 10 to 15 years.

3 thoughts on “Health in the Workplace”

  1. To make our workplaces more healthy we could start with eating healthily. Instead of coffee shops at NHS sites, we could have cafes selling healthy food e.g. freshly made soups,salads etc.
    If we wish to have staff and the general public make changes to their diet to avoid obesity, diabetes, tooth decay etc we could start by setting a good example and remove vending machines, unhealthy snacks on ward trolleys and shops selling similar unhealthy foods in ALL our NHS hospitals /establishments.

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  2. Thanks for your comment Joan. I completely agree with you that hospital canteens need to take a lead in promoting healthier eating. Scottish Government policy has been for NHS boards to implement the Healthyliving Award and I am happy to say that all NHS-run cafés now have the Award at the Plus level. They are joined by many voluntary sector cafés who also now have the award with a substantial number working towards Plus. We also require that private sector outlets adopt the award when their contract is renewed. To find out more, see .

    Our aim is that all staff, visitors and patients get a good choice of affordable, healthier food, especially since promoting dietary health and wellbeing is an important function of the health service.

    Kind regards,

    Peter Faassen de Heer

    Policy Executive, Diet Policy
    Population Health Improvement Directorate | Public Health Division
    Scottish Government


  3. What about promoting health for those out of work? eg. – having claimants’ mental health problems identified and treated before they become a serious problem?

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