Employee Health and Wellness Programme (EHWP)

Vision Statement
Our Employee Health & Wellness Programme promotes healthier life choices for employees to achieve optimal health and productivity.

Mission Statement
To promote healthy lifestyles and wellness in the department.

What is Employee Health & Wellness Programme?
Employee Health & Wellness Programme is an organized program for staff to enrich their physical, mental, and occupational well-being. 
Definition of Employee Health & Wellness Programme (EHWP) 
Employee Health and Wellness Programme (EHWP) is a work site based program designed to assist in the identification and resolution of performance and behavioural problems resulting from personal and work-related concerns.

PRIMARY PURPOSE OF EMPLOYEE HEALTH & WELLNESS PROGRAMME (EHWP)
The Primary Purpose of EHWP is to:

  • Promote welfare and well-being of all its employees.
  • Enhance the corporate image of the department.
  • Improve service delivery.
  • Improve quality of life of all its valuable assets (employees).
  • Retain, motivate and attract the best people.
  • Ensure that the Department of Public Works becomes a leading department in KZN if not in the country.

The Goal of Employee Health& Wellness Programme: 
To support individual behaviour changes as well as policy and environmental changes that will promote good health and wellness for all staff members.

Specific goals of Employee Health& Wellness Programme:

  • Make the work environment more supportive of positive health behaviours
  • Reduce risk of chronic disease
  • Model healthy behaviours for employees
  • Improve staff health and productivity
  • Increase energy and reduce stress

FOUR PILLARS OF EMPLOYEE HEALTH & WELLNESS PROGRAMME
PILLAR 1: HIV, AIDS, STI & TB Management
PILLAR 2: Health & Productivity
PILLAR 3: SHERQ(Safety, Health, Environment, Risk& Quality Management )
PILLAR 4: Wellness Management

Pillar 1: HIV, AIDS, STI &TB Management
Prevention

  • Reduce vulnerability to HIV and TB infection
  • Reduce MTCT; -Reduce transmission
  • HIV&AIDS Behavior change communication
  • Health promotion & education;
  • Mainstreaming of HIV and AIDS

Treatment Care and Support

  • HCT-ART & DOT
  • Address needs of pregnant women & children
  • EAP & FAP
  • Patient accountability
  • Early detection& treatment
  • Medical AID Schemes (GEMS)

Human Rights and Access to Justice

  • Adherence to legislation & policy
  • Mitigate stigma & discrimination
  • Protection of rights of vulnerable groups
  • Promote gender & sexuality equality

Monitoring and Evaluation & Research

  • Develop Monitoring & Evaluation indicators
  • Support research & new development technologies
  • Research on Behavior change
  • Regular surveillance
  • Develop research agenda

Pillar 2: Health and Productivity Management
Disease Management and Chronic Illness

  • Medical Surveillance & infectious Diseases
  • Barriers to disease management
  • Disease management

Mental Health/ Psychosomatic Illnesses

  • Interventions
  • Stress Management &crises Support
  • Stigma and Mental Health
  • Psychosomatic Illnesses in the workplace

Injury on Duty & Incapacity due to Ill-Health

  • Return on Investment
  • Management Support and Counselling
  • Injury on Duty and Occupational Diseases
  • Incapacity Leave and Ill-Health Retirement

Occupational Health Education and Promotion

  • Develop personal skills and reorient health services
  • Behavior change communication
  • E-Health knowledge and Information

Pillar 4: Wellness Management
Individual Wellness (Physical)

  • Awareness & education on medical checkups and conditions
  • Good nutrition, health diet, weight control
  • Exercises, recreation, meditation, relaxation
  • Managing lifestyle diseases and Health Risks

Individual Wellness (Psycho-social)

  • Economical Wellness
  • Spiritual Wellness
  • Psychological Wellness
  • Social Wellness

Organizational Wellness

  • Organizational Development and support
  • Absenteeism and Presenteeism Management
  • Productivity Management interventions
  • Training & Development and Skills Development

Work life Balance

  • Home and Community Responsibilities
  • Child Care and Family Support Management
  • Retirement and Elder Care Management
  • Wellness Management Flexibility Policy

AREAS OF ASSISTANCE INCLUDE (BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO) THE FOLLOWING

  • Marital, family and relationship problems
  • Wellness screening
  • Substance abuse (alcohol, drugs, prescriptions/medication)
  • HIV/AIDS and other dreaded diseases
  • Workplace violence
  • Trauma counselling e.g. Car hijacking
  • Stress (family, social, job etic)
  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual harassment
  • Psychological problems
  • Financial wellness

AVAILABLE WAYS OF MAKING USE OF EMPLOYEE HEALTH & WELLNESS PROGRAMME (EHWP) SERVICES
SELF REFERRAL:

Employees who are experiencing and personal problems must voluntarily contact EHWP practitioners

INFORMAL REFERRAL:
An employee may be advised by another colleague, friend or supervisor to utilize the EHWP services

FORMAL REFERRAL:
A supervisor who is concerned about an employee’s change in attitude or behavior and / or decline in performance may refer that employee, with the employee’s consent, to the EHWP practitioner for assessment or counseling. A referral form must be completed and signed. These forms are available from the EHWP sub-directorate.

EMPLOYEE HEALTH & WELLNESS PROGRAMME (EHWP) PRINCIPLES
CONFIDENTIALITY

All information/details revealed by employees during consultation will be kept strictly confidential. EHWP information will not be used to dismiss employees and may not be used to testifying in any labour disciplinary proceedings.

ETHICAL BEHAVIOUR
The EHWP must be rendered by a qualified therapist with a Behavioral Science- Bachelor’s Degree i.e. Social Work, Clinical or Industrial Psychology and must be registered in a professional or regulatory body.

NEUTRALITY
EHWP remain outside traditional conflict areas between management and employees e.g. organized labour.

VOLUNTARISM
Self-referrals are the most effective referrals since it achieves the earliest intervention possible. The department cannot force employees to make use of EHWP.

CONSTRUCTIVE COERCION
The managers/supervisors can persuade the troubled employees to consult the EHWP Practitioners for assistance.

ACCESSIBILTY
EHWP services are available to all employees regardless of their positions.

PERMANENCY
The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Public Works shall ensure the survival and sustainability of the EHW Program.

EMPLOYEE HEALTH & WELLNESS PROGRAMME (EHWP) GUARANTEES

  • That clients will not be discriminated in respect of benefits e.g. promotion, training and other;
  • Special leave will be negotiated to accommodate assistance;
  • Confidentiality will be respected on giving feedback to referring supervisors;
  • The department employs professional, qualified and experienced EHWP Practitioners who are rendering counseling services as in- house service.

What are the benefits of Employee Health & Wellness Programme?
The benefits of Employee Health& Wellness Programme include, but are not limited to:

  • Convenience
  • Decreased staff absenteeism and presenteeism
  • Lower health care costs
  • Lower insurance costs
  • Fewer work-related injuries
  • Fewer worker compensation claims
  • Fewer disability claims
  • Increased productivity
  • Increased employee morale
  • Increased employee retention
  • Attractiveness to new employees
  • Positive community image
  • Increased healthy behaviours
  • Healthy role modelling for employees

WHO TO TALK TO WHEN YOU EXPERIENCE PROBLEMS

  • EHWP is the answer for you and me
  • All employees are encouraged to make use of EHWP services by directly contacting the personnel at the EHWP sub-directorate.

Note: this is another way of supporting, developing and managing our most valuable human capacity - our people. Improved service delivery is part of the deal. Having healthy and free from personal problems workers is the most effective strategy to achieve our core mission and vision.

FORMS:

EMPLOYEE HEALTH & WELLNESS NEWSLETTERS

EMPLOYEE HEALTH & WELLNESS POLICIES

EMPLOYEE HEALTH & WELLNESS POSTERS

DATABASE

EHWP Personnel Contact Details:
Head Office:

Mrs Lindiwe Mtolo (Deputy Manager: EHW)
Office : 033 260 4123
Mobile : 0825221353

Mrs Nobuhle Mlotshwa (Assistant Manager :EHW)
Office : 033- 2604212

Mr. Vusi Masinga: (EHW Practitioner)
Office : 033- 2604177

Ms. Nwabisa Tshangana: (EHW: Personal Officer) HR Officer Employee Health and Wellness
Office: 033 - 260 4170

Regional Offices:
Southern Region: Ms Noluthando Lamula
Office : 033- 8971470

EThekwini Region: Ms Nandipha Mathonsi 
Office : 033- 2032100

North Coast Region
Vacant:
035 8743349

Midlands Region: Ms Dolly Hlongwane
Office : 036 638 8000

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Contacts

Private Bag X9142, Pietermaritzburg, 3200

Tel no: 033 355 5500

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