Health Circles is a structured process in which employees hold facilitated meetings over a course of time to identify what’s holding their health back and what can be done to improve it – with an emphasis on job design and the psychosocial health risks at the workplace.
This excerpt from a webinar (hosted by Lumity) describes a multi-year, controlled study of hospital nurses and aides at a hospital in Canada. They used an intervention based on Health Circles. Three years later, the caregivers in the health circles group reported
- improved demands, autonomy, social support
- improvement in work quality,
- less burnout
- fewer sleep disorders
- less psychological distress (symptoms of depression, anxiety, burnout, aggressiveness, and cognitive problems).
A control group got worse on most of the health measures.
- Read the scientific review that found “health circles have a favorable effect on workers’ health, well-being, and sickness absence.”
- Read a brief summary of the Health Circles process from Europe’s PRIMA-EF Consortium.