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Throughout your journey in developing your Healthy Workplace wellbeing programme, you will have prioritised wellbeing topics that your employees and your organisation find particularly important.

This section provides information, tools and resources, national strategies, workplace policy-building tools, and community links specific to these key wellbeing areas.

Understanding that individuals are inextricably linked with their environments, the information contained within each wellbeing area is offered in a way that addresses multiple levels. We offer guidance on actions that can be taken at the organisational level and at the level of your individual employees. The most successful initiatives address components at each of these levels.

CIPD Wellbeing Pyramid. Top tier: Engagement. Middle tier: Well-being. Bottom tier: Culture, Leadership, and People Management.
CIPD Wellbeing Pyramid

Individual initiatives should always be implemented within the context of a Healthy Workplace.

You may come to notice that many wellbeing areas are intertwined. For example, Smoking and Alcohol and Drug campaigns can be connected with stress management and mental health supports.

Likewise, nutrition and physical activity can have implications on mental health. In this way it’s important to make each individual initiative part of a broader workplace wellness programme that is part of the organisation’s strategic plan. Indeed, this is shown in the evidence to improve success and sustainability of workplace wellness efforts.

Furthermore, an overall workplace culture that encourages employee participation in wellness initiatives is integral to engagement and success. In other words, these individual initiatives should always be implemented in the context of a Healthy Workplace.

The Get Started portal of this website provides all the information you need to create your Healthy Workplace.

Lastly, it’s important to consider Ireland’s Wellbeing Framework. This framework outlines 11 key wellbeing dimensions that are integral to living healthy and fulfilled lives.

Wellbeing Framework for Ireland's 11 wellbeing areas.
11 Wellbeing areas from the Ireland’s Wellbeing Framework

As you can see, the workplace plays a role in each of these wellbeing areas and is therefore crucial to the wellbeing of the people in Ireland. Our recommendations aim to thread through as many of these wellbeing dimensions as possible so that the time your employees spend at work, is a time of encouraging and protecting their wellbeing.

Mental Health

Mental Health

Good mental health sets the foundation for our overall sense of wellbeing; it is the lens through which we experience our lives and underpins our perceptions and our behaviours. Mental …

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Healthy Eating

Healthy eating is one of the pillars of health and wellbeing, and the workplace can often be the place where employees eat most of their food, making it an ideal …


Physical Activity

A workforce that is regularly active is a workforce with lowered risk of chronic conditions such as heart attack, stroke and diabetes. Exercise has also been shown to improve mood …


Alcohol and Drugs

An alcohol and drug free workplace is a safer, more productive workplace with lowered risk of chronic disease and mental health difficulties in your workforce. Apart from the legal duty …



Creating a smoke-free workplace protects the health of all workers. Smoking and second-hand smoke is a leading risk factor for many chronic diseases. Apart from the legal duty to protect …


Health and Safety

It is important to note that the standards on workplace wellbeing referenced on this site are voluntary and not required by law. Statutory requirements do exist which ensure employers provide …


National Physical Activity Guidelines

This Healthy Ireland website offers the Department of Health’s physical activity guidelines. Acknowledging that regular physical activity is key to getting and staying healthy. Their guidelines include recommendations for children and young people as well as adults, people with disabilities …

Healthy Weight Campaign

Healthy Ireland’s Healthy Weight campaign is one in a series of national measures to help you manage your weight. The aim of the campaign is to support your health by sharing information about behaviours that can affect your weight.

Healthy Food for Life

Healthy Ireland’s Food Pyramid guide to every day food choices for adults, teenagers and children aged five and over. It offers tips on how to plan and prepare healthy meals and how to achieve a healthy weight.

Healthy Meeting Guidelines

This poster summarises Healthy Ireland’s guidelines to help you prepare for meetings and offers practical suggestions on providing healthy food options and physical activity.

Sharing the Vision: a Mental Health Policy for Everyone

Ireland’s national mental health policy aims to enhance the provision of mental health services and supports across a broad continuum, from mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention to acute and specialist mental health service delivery, during the period 2020-2030.

HSA’s Guidance on Night & Shift Work

Ireland’s Health and Safety Authority developed a guide to assist employers and employees and others to comply with health and safety legislation and in doing so minimise any adverse effects of night and shift work.

HSE NOSP’s Connecting for Life Training

The HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP) is involved in a range of education and training initiatives encompassing suicide prevention and mental health promotion. Such initiatives have been identified as key components of work to achieve the vision of …

See Change

See Change has developed a six step pledge programme to help Irish workplaces create an open culture around mental health and play a role in challenging mental health stigma. This organisational-level programme, along with the individual-level supports that See Change …

CIPD Resources

The Chartered Institute for Personnel & Development has various resources to help you support your employees’ mental health.